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Cougars trio signs letters of intent
by Aaron Retherford
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Contributed Photo - Spanish Springs softball players (from L-R) Stevie Trevino, Karlyn Jones and Mindy Mikkelson made their college plans official.
Contributed Photo - Spanish Springs softball players (from L-R) Stevie Trevino, Karlyn Jones and Mindy Mikkelson made their college plans official.
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The pens were busy at Spanish Springs High School Monday afternoon as three student athletes signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers next year.

Senior softball players Karlyn Jones (University of Pittsburgh), Stevie Trevino (California State University, Monterey Bay) and Mindy Mikkelson (Simpson University) all made their college plans official in the main gymnasium.

While they didn't all choose the same side of the country, they all shared the same excitement as permanent smiles graced their faces.

Jones, the team's ace pitcher the past two years, is well on her way to a second straight High Desert League Pitcher of the Year award. Jones has thrown 10 of the team's 16 shutouts this season.

At Pitt, she will split time at pitcher and first base. She will also be allowed to hit for the Panthers of the Big East Conference.

Initially, she said she was dead set on not attending an East Coast school, but the people of Pitt really won her over.

"My ultimate decision was the coaches. I got an offer from Santa Clara, and I really liked the campus and stuff," Jones said. "But the way the (Pitt) coach (Holly Aprile) presented herself to me made me feel really comfortable, and it really felt right to go there."

The other two Cougars will be headed to California.

Trevino roams center field for the Cougars and will be doing the same for the Otters of the California Collegiate Athletics Association. She bats from the No. 2 hole where she's hitting .467 with two doubles, two triples, one home run and 21 RBIs.

It's no surprise why Trevino chose to attend CSUMB.

"The campus is amazing. We're going to be training on the beach," Trevino said. "The coach and the team are awesome. Everything about the school made it an automatic decision. I loved every campus I visited, but Monterey was the best one by far."

Mikkelson played in less than half the Cougars' games last year, but made the most of playing travel ball and is now the team's full-time catcher. She said her Nevada Lightning coach, Mike McGowan, helped her land a scholarship at the Redding, Calif. school.

Mikkelson liked the Christian school's values and enjoyed her official visit.

Simpson University competes in the Cal Pac Conference and has dual membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Mikkelson said she will play the outfield for her first two years and then move to second base.

"It's an amazing opportunity to be able to go to college and be playing softball," Mikkelson said. "It's hard to get in there and as much work as we've put into this, it's an amazing opportunity."

Spanish Springs senior Sarah McCorkle recently signed to swim with Liberty next year, in the school's first season as a varsity swim program. However, she did not attend Monday's signing ceremony.
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