Reed’s Mark Nowaczewski finalized his commitment to the University of Nevada baseball team, while senior Lady Raider Mary Dettling confirmed her college and softball choice as Saint Martin’s University. Reed senior wrestler Spencer Empey also announced his plans to take to the mats at Cal Poly State University.
For Empey, selecting the San Luis Obispo school as his choice came down to a number of factors, with academics topping the list.
“It was definitely really stressful trying to figure out where I wanted to go,” Empey said. “You have to start looking at certain aspects of the school like the coaches or where it is at because you only get five official visits. You have to sit down and really think about what you’re trying to get out of school. I’ve always had a high standard for education. I need to get grades and then after that worry about athletics, and Cal Poly is a great school for that. That was a big criteria. Then obviously the wrestling part got me there, and Cal Poly is a top 20 school.”
Taking all of those things into consideration, Empey said he was sold on the Mustangs when he visited the school.
“It might have been my visit when I went down there,” he said. “The weather was great and then meeting all the wrestlers and coaches, I really felt comfortable with them. At the end of the day, you kind of have to go with what your heart feels and for me that was Cal Poly.”
Nowaczewski shared the same sentiments as Empey, admitting that the process of choosing the right school was a daunting one.
“It was a whole new experience for me,” Nowaczewski said. “It was actually kind of overwhelming. Just being in that college atmosphere and trying to find the right one.”
While the filtering through the schools was tough, Nowaczewski said he knew the Wolf Pack was the right choice for him.
“Nevada is just a great all-around program,” he said. “I liked the feel of the team and the coaching staff. They welcomed me to the program. The Mountain West is a good conference, too. I’m just ready to play. I feel ready for it. I’m excited. I can’t wait to play a good season at Reed and move on to college.”
Like her Reed schoolmates, Dettling also said that the recruiting routine was a stressful experience but that she was happy with her Saint Martin’s decision.
“It was pretty difficult figuring out which college I wanted to go to,” she said. “There are so many out there, but after the visit I just knew that it would be the perfect place for me. It was just amazing.“
Among the many things that made being a Saint the right choice for Dettling was the feel of the Lacey, Wash., campus.
“Aside from the softball factor, I didn’t want anything too small or too big because I wanted a class size that was perfect for me to where the teacher actually knows who I am,” Dettling said. “When I got to go into classrooms, the teachers were very energetic and they helped their students.”