Two more Valley high school senior athletes ink college letters of intent

Cedarcrest High School senior girls’ basketball player Sydney Turner (second from right) is seen here with her family and Multnomah University women’s basketball head Coach Tim Bieri. Turner has signed a letter of intent with the NAIA school located down in Portland. (Courtesy photo)

Updating our story from earlier, we have news this afternoon on more Valley high school athletes signing on the dotted line.

Two more Cedarcrest High School senior athletes have made college decisions. One is from softball and the other is from basketball.

First, to basketball, and Sydney Turner has signed with Multnomah University down in Portland. Multnomah, nicknamed the Lions, are an NAIA school and the newest member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference (the same league Kirkland’s Northwest University, featuring fellow CHS alum Kalee Fowler, plays in), having joined the league a few years ago after fellow Rose City school Concordia-Portland left the league to join the NCAA Division II’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

CHS senior softball player Elaine Townley is seen here signing her letter of intent to play for Michigan’s Hillsdale College, an NCAA Division II school. (Courtesy photo)

CHS head coach Brad Knowles is pleased with this decision by his senior player. “I’m very happy for her,” Knowles said by email to the SVSJ. “She is a dedicated player, works very hard both in-season and out-of-season….very driven kid. She has faced adversity, she missed nearly all of last year with a stress fracture in her leg and is just now fully recovered. She shoots well, rebounds bigger than she is and I think MU will be a great fit for her.”

Multnomah has struggled; it is currently 0-3 to start this season after only winning eight games all of last season. However, as the program begins to more fully develop, look for those win numbers to improve. Turner will certainly look to help that growth in the coming years.

According to Knowles, Turner will be the fifth CHS player to play collegiately since the Red Wolves head man took over the program several years ago, joining Fowler, Susan Kenney (Centralia College), Lacey Deming and Mieke Van Ess (both Skagit Valley College) in that department.

Meanwhile, to softball, and the waiting is finally over for star infielder Elaine Townley. Townley, who has been instrumental in Cedarcrest’s diamond success in softball the past three seasons, has signed with Michigan’s Hillsdale College, completing a process that started with her verbal commitment to the school over a year ago. Hillsdale is an NCAA Division II school, and is a very well-known one among political conservatives around the country. Their news-based publication Imprimis is very popular, having a circulation, according to them, of over 3 ½ million subscribers. Elaine’s older sister LuAnn, herself a former CHS softball player who graduated from Cedarcrest in 2015, currently attends the school – she is a junior there this fall – but is not playing softball for the college.

These two Red Wolves join fellow CHS’er, and baseball player, Aaron Davenport, and Mount Si baseball player Will Scott, in inking college letters of intent. As we mentioned earlier, Davenport signed with NCAA Division I Hawaii, and Scott put his John Hancock on a letter with the Colorado School of Mines, an NCAA Division II institution in Golden, CO, located outside of Denver.

If we get additional news, we’ll have it here for you.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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