A group of nearly 200 Reed students, faculty members, family and peers gathered in the Reed High gym to watch Kelsey Gomer, Jordan Sambrano and Katrina Spencer all sign national letters of intent to further their athletic and academic careers in the coming years.
Raiders soccer standouts Kelsey Gomer and Jordan Sambrano signed their letters of intent to play at Dixie State College and Masters College respectively. Katrina Spencer, an RHS volleyball player is headed to Bethany University after also signing her intent letter.
“I can’t wait,” Spencer said. “If I could pack up and leave tomorrow, I would. It’s a real family down there ... It’s feels like a summer camp. It’s a relaxing and calm atmosphere. I talked to a lot of students and they welcomed me. It feels like it would help me grow as an individual.”
Spencer’s opportunity to go to the Santa Cruz-area school almost did not come along. The 17-year-old, nearly gave up on competing at the college volleyball level, but after a peer convinced her to play club ball this spring, she gave it another shot. It paid off in the form of a college visit to a campus she quickly became enamored with.
“I fell in love with it (Bethany U) the minute I got out of the car,” said Spencer, who wants to study education in college. "Everyone says, you’ll know when you find the right lace and it definitely feels right.”
For Sambrano, who was a first team High Desert League honoree last fall, her college choice was more of a family affair. The Reed senior chose Masters College in Santa Clarita largely because her uncle, Curtis Lewis is the coach of the school’s girls soccer program.
“Both my uncle and aunt graduated from Masters and he’s the coach there. It’s something we’ve always talked about and he’s my role model,” Sambrano said.
Sambrano, 18, said she is anxious for the opportunity to start competing and attending classes at the southern California school, but that she is undecided on a major.
Gomer was the third Raider female athlete to sign Tuesday. Gomer scored 22 goals in 14 games for Reed and was named the HDL’s offensive player of the year. After three years as an all-league soccer star at Reed, she chose Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.
“It just seemed like a super fun place,” said Gomer. “I talked to the coach and she came out to watch me play during one of my (club) tournaments. She said she’d like me to come play and I was happy to take her up on it. I’m excited.”
Gomer, whose family recently moved away from Sparks to Salt Lake City, said she also looked into Utah Valley as a potential college destination, but made her final choice in Dixie State. The 17-year-old is looking to major in dental hygiene.
Reed soccer coach Jason Saville has seen both Gomer and Sambrano excel on the soccer pitch and he admitted he’s ecstatic to see the duo get a chance to move on and still keep playing.
“There’s a misnomer that a coach comes to watch you play and then you just get to go play in college,” Saville said. “There’s a lot of letter writing and phone calls that go on. A lot of times, kids have to sell themselves. I’m glad it’s worked out for those two.
“These girls are good people so it’s nice to see that rewarded too.”