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Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 11:00 pm

College recruiters are familiar with the road that leads to Desert Vista.

On Wednesday morning 15 student/athletes signed Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at colleges from New York to California.

That was in addition to the 12 athletes spanning eight sports that signed letters in early February.

Among the athletes signing for cross country, track, volleyball, softball as well as swim and dive, were lacrosse players on the Desert Vista team that is still considered a club sport by the sanctioning Arizona Interscholastic Association.

The swim and dive team is sending Chris Berthhold and Tyler Brouse to Arizona State University while Taylor Newgaard is headed to Iowa State and Tinsley Adam is going to national champion Drury University in Springfield, Mo.

West Point Military Academy in New York will have girls basketball player, Austen Harris, in another uniform as a cadet while Thunder player, Rahnae Spooner, stays closer to home at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Softball teammates Hannah Bapst and Erika Cade will be rivals next season. Bapst is headed for Chandler-Gilbert while Cade was recruited by Phoenix College.

Lindsay Jantzi, who has pulled off a difficult triple duty in the long jump, pole vault and 100-meter dash, is off to Adams State in Alamosa. Colo. Jantzi is also a member of the 4x100 girls relay team.

Another Thunder vaulter, Emily Heisler, will be taking her poles to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Tucker Kidd will be running cross country with a cool ocean breeze in his face next year. He is off to Chaminade University in Hawaii.

Playing a sport that isn’t sanctioned by the AIA yet didn’t hold Brett Lawless and Grayson Kupfer from getting lacrosse scholarships. Lawless will be going to Belmont Abby College in Belmont, N.C., while Kupfer takes his stick to Norte Dame de Namur in Belmont, Calif.

Desert Vista wide receiver and defensive back Ryne Rezac won’t have to sweat through any more August practices in Arizona. Rezac, who was also Desert Vista’s Homecoming king, has signed to play at North Central College in Naperville. Ill.

And girls volleyball coach Molly West will be losing one of the best players she ever had when all-everything Betsi Metter moves to Loyola-Marymount University, just a couple of miles from the California beach.

Metter and former Thunder teammate, Anna Gott, are well-known on the West Coast sand after winning the Amateur Athletic Union under-18 Junior Beach Volleyball national championship last summer.


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