It was a big day for high school student-athletes around the country Wednesday, as they signed their letter of intent to continue athletics at the collegiate level.

Kittitas County itself — as every year — sent off a few of its own.

Here are the local seniors who officially signed, and those who soon will (commits).


Davis Spencer

Spencer, the lengthy, hard-throwing pitcher for the Bulldogs will be at the Division I level next season at the University of Washington. Last season, Spencer carried a 1.25 ERA with a 3-2 win-loss mark in 39.1 innings pitched. He struck out 50 batters, which was second on the team.

“He came here as a freshman, wasn’t sure he was going to play baseball,” EHS head coach Todd Gibson said. “Cole (Kanyer) and a couple others brought him into the auxiliary gym here, found out he could throw a little bit.

“But I’m most proud of Davis of what he’s overcome with adversity in personal things, how he’s grown as a player and we look forward to him being a senior leader this year.”

Morgan Olin

Olin will continue softball at Mesa Community College in Arizona. As a junior for Ellensburg, she played in all 20 games and led the team with a .492 batting average with 19 RBI and 27 runs scored. The middle infielder also led the team in doubles (10).

“Morgan started as a freshman and is a big part of our defense,” said EHS head coach Scott Gant. “(She) hits 3-4-5 in the lineup. … Look forward to her being a team leader this year.”

Leah Holmgren

Holmgren has been a linchpin of the EHS girls cross country team and 2019 was no different. She’s fresh off a 2A individual state title (18:16.3) last weekend at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Holmgren became the first girl runner to win state in school history and she led the Bulldogs to its first team state championship as well.

Holmgren will take her talents to Division I University of Idaho a few hours east across the state line.

“I’m not any more proud of her than I was on Friday because of the person that she is,” said EHS head coach Jeff Hashimoto. “She has shown so much concern and care for her teammates.”

Shauny Fisk

Fisk is a defensive mastermind for the Ellensburg volleyball team. In 77 sets played so far this season, she’s accumulated 348 digs which leads the team by far. She’s also dished out 62 assists and tallied 37 aces.

Fisk isn’t going far, she’ll be at Central Washington next season playing for Mario Andaya.

“She’s been part of the culture for the volleyball program, being part of the group that has four league and district championships and trips to state,” said EHS head coach Debbie Landrie. “I’m also very happy that she’s playing local so we can go watch her play at Central.”


Grace Terrill

Terrill has been one of the most prolific soccer players coming out of Kittitas County — if not the state of Washington. In fact, Terrill was just three goals short of the state record which was 166 set by Melissa Bennett at Seattle Christian in 1999.

The Cle Elum-Roslyn product notched 48 goals in 19 games played this season to go along with 18 assists. The forward is headed to Division I Eastern Washington.

Grace Jackson

Jackson of Cle Elum-Roslyn is staying local, signing with Central Washington women’s soccer. Jackson had 35 goals this season and 32 assists. As of now, according to Max Preps, Jackson ranks eighth in the nation in total assists.


Justin Hudson

Hudson did his signing a week early, as the Kittitas shortstop inked with Yakima Valley College.

He carries a career .489 batting average with 56 runs batted in and 77 runs scored. He has also stolen 30 bases — 18 alone in his sophomore year.

Last season, Hudson batted a prolific .619 with 12 doubles, five triples, four home runs, and 24 RBI.

“We’re very proud of Justin and so happy that a college program, especially one as successful at YVC that is a top team in the NWACC East Region, and a team that is always in Longview at the NWACC Championships, saw the potential he has,” Kittitas head coach Eric Sorensen said on Nov. 5.

Taylor DeKoning

DeKoning hasn’t officially signed, but the Kittitas volleyball outside hitter committed to Division III George Fox over the summer.

Heading into the 2B state tournament — which commences today — DeKoning has tallied 358 kills which not only leads the Coyotes but is fourth in the state.

She also leads the team in aces (68), digs (351) and serves received (506).


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