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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 4:45 pm | Updated: 3:59 pm, Fri Sep 12, 2014.

There are so many routes to securing a college scholarship.

The offers can come flying in for athletes like Desert Vista football player Jalen Jelks and track athlete Makenzi Holmes-DiGiovine, who are attending Oregon and Auburn, respectively.

Or the decision can come early like lefty hurler Isaiah Deutcsh, who committed to Pepperdine when he was a freshman at Brophy before sitting out last season after transferring to Desert Vista.

Most of the time, however, the process is a long, nerve-racking, frustrating time in a student-athlete’s life that eventually ends in one of the most proud and memorable moments of life.

Some are late bloomers, some are torn between taking the offer in hand and waiting for the one they want and others have to fight through setbacks while trying to show they can compete at the next level.

The Thunder’s Shea Koepnick committed to Arizona State softball after barely seeing the field because of back surgery. Most of the schools that pursued her backed off while she recovered, while the Sun Devil coaching staff never let up.

“It was a huge deal that they kept checking in with me,” she said. “They were really the only ones that believed I could come back from my surgery. It meant a lot to me.”

Joe Underwood knows a bit about persevering and overcoming as he will be heading to Missouri for swimming and basketball as a wheelchair-bound athlete after being born with spina bifida.

“Missouri started out toward the bottom of my list, but it ended up being the right place,” Underwood said. “I’ve had to work hard like any other athlete to get into this position and it is a great feeling.”

Then there are the boys lacrosse players, Anthony Abbadessa (Colgate) and Lance Pavlina (Essex Community College in Baltimore), who found a way to get noticed in a sport that is almost strictly played back East at the college level.

It’s only a club sport in Arizona and they, along with Ivy Richey, who will play for ASU’s women’s program, earned a shot at the next level just like the 25 or so other Thunder athletes who were on the dais at Wednesday’s national signing day.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

DV athletes, sport, school
FATIMA HYLTON     GYMNASTICS    SEATTLE PACIFIC
 JOSLYN GOINGS  GYMNASTICS     UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
 STEFANI CATOUR    GYMNASTICS  UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
SHEA KOEPNICK   SOFTBALL          ARIZONA STATE
 VANESSA WESLEY  GIRLS VOLLEYBALL       WESTPOINT ACADEMY
 TAYLOR GARNER    GIRLS VOLLEYBALL       BENEDICTINE COLLEGE
 JOSALYN BENSON  GIRLS VOLLEYBALL      ROGER WILLIAMS UNI.
 LANCE PAVLINA    LACROSSE                    ESSEX C.C.
 ANTHONY ABBADESSA     LACROSSE        COLGATE UNIVERSITY
IVY RICHEY  LACROSSE            ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
EMILY WOLPH   GIRLS BASKETBALL     SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
MAKENZI HOLMES-DIGIOVINE     TRACK         AUBURN
LINDSEY PAYTON       GIRLS BASKETBALL      AZ CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
 JOE UNDERWOOD     WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL   MISSOURI
KEENAN BARTLET   BASEBALL       UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
KYLE GIBBS  BASEBALL        MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ISAIAH DEUTSCH    BASEBALL             PEPPERDINE
AJ VALENCIA       BASEBALL          GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY
COLTON ESTEVEZ        BOYS GOLF       GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
BRENNA LEFTWICH     GIRLS SOCCER     COASTAL CAROLINA UNIV
BROOKE LEFTWICH    GIRLS SOCCER      WOFFORD COLLEGE
LAUREN OWENS          GIRLS SOCCER      PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
ALLISON SENNA         GIRLS SOCCER       CHANDLER –GILBERT CC
ANTHONY PERALTA     FOOTBALL              MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
RICHARD HAYWOOD FOOTBALL               PHOENIX COLLEGE
WILLIAM BARFIELD, II    FOOTBALL    SCOTTSDALE C.C.
ANTHONY REAVES   FOOTBALL     COLORADO ST UNIV-PUEBLO
JALEN JELKS          FOOTBALL          OREGON
 

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