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Maple Ridge Ramblers grads got game

School has 14 students with college scholarships
Maple Ridge secondary athletes who will be graduating to compete for college and university teams in the U.S. and Canada. (Neil Corbett/Maple Ridge News)

The Ramblers are graduating a talented class of scholar-athletes.

Maple Ridge Secondary School is celebrating an impressive 15 graduates who are going on to compete in college sports. While many of these athletes honed their skills on club teams, the school can be justifiably proud of their accomplishments, because most are going on athletic and academic scholarships – grades count.

“There’s a wide range of sports represented, and all of these student-athletes manage the balance between school and athletics, and many of them are also working,” said MRSS principal Grant Frend. “Whether they’re representing a school or a community team, they work hard, they do so with pride, and we’re excited for what’s next for them.

“They’re following what they’re passionate about, and that’s great.”

The students are from a variety of sports, and six will be headed to the U.S. to play in the NCAA or at junior colleges.

They are:

• Lauren Curtis – Track and Field (Hammer Throw) – UBC

• Morgan Downey – Lacrosse – NCAA Div. 2 - Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio

• Keegan Drinkle – Baseball – NCAA Div. 2 – University of Mary in North Dakota

• Owen Fernandes –Baseball – Junior College - Yavapai College in Preston, Arizona

• Vanessa Gavigan – Softball – Junior College – Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Arizona

• Max Griffith – Baseball – CCBC - University of Calgary

• Elijah Headley – Track and Field / Cross Country – Trinity Western University

• Evan Hurren – Soccer – Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

• Quinn Mulcahy – Lacrosse – PNCLL – Simon Fraser University

• Jordyn Ruppel – Softball – NCAA Div. 2 – Simon Fraser University

• Liam Sampson – Volleyball – CCAA - Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario

• Ashton Senko – Wrestling – NCAA Div. 2 – Simon Fraser University

• Hudson Silcox – Baseball – Thompson Rivers University

• Jamie Thomson – Lacrosse – NCAA Div. 2 – Tusculum University in Tennessee.

• Sofi Wagner-Stiles – Softball – NCAA Div. 2Talladega College in Alabama

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Neil Corbett

About the Author: Neil Corbett

I have been a journalist for more than 30 years, the past decade with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.
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