Douglas spring signing day

Tigers have 15 sign for collegiate athletics

Douglas High School had 15 athletes make their collegiate decisions official last week during their spring signing day. Pictured in front from left to right are Austin Dekruyf, Roan Zinegis, Rachel Rose, Lilyann Lee, Bliss Moody, Grace Plummer, Thomas Young and Carter Bleeker. In back from left to right are Kyle Koontz, Keegan Freeman, Josh Nyland, Michael White, Aaron Tekansik, Sage Adie and Nathan Stevens.

Douglas High School had 15 athletes make their collegiate decisions official last week during their spring signing day. Pictured in front from left to right are Austin Dekruyf, Roan Zinegis, Rachel Rose, Lilyann Lee, Bliss Moody, Grace Plummer, Thomas Young and Carter Bleeker. In back from left to right are Kyle Koontz, Keegan Freeman, Josh Nyland, Michael White, Aaron Tekansik, Sage Adie and Nathan Stevens.
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Douglas High School had 15 seniors sign their National Letters of Intent to compete at various levels of college athletics late last week during its spring signing day.

Below is a list of athletes and where they will attend school in the fall


Tiger signees

• Bliss Moody (Nevada, track and field)

Moody was a multi-sport athlete throughout her three years at Douglas High School and is graduating a year early to head to Reno.

She was an instrumental part of Douglas girls track and field team winning the Class 5A North regional title this spring.

She won the regional title in the long jump and the 4x100 relay while being a part of the school record-breaking 4x200 relay team.

She plans to compete in the long jump as a member of the Wolf Pack.

• Kyle Koontz (Sacramento State, football)

Koontz will join a Division I FCS powerhouse at Sacramento State that finished last season as the No. 13 ranked team in the country with an 8-5 record.

Koontz was one of the leading targets for the Tigers as a tight end, posting 303 yards and three touchdowns. He recorded 40 tackles on defense, including 10.5 sacks and 13 total tackles for loss.

• Thomas Young (San Diego State, baseball)

Young was the Class 5A North offensive player of the year this spring.

Young posted a .500 batting average in 29 games with 13 doubles, five home runs and three triples.

• Michael White (Southern Oregon University, football)

Selected as a second team all-region player at offensive line as a senior.

• Austin Dekruyf (Jamestown University, football)

Chosen as a first-team all-region player at defensive back his senior season with two interceptions, including a pick-six.

• Nathan Stevens (Feather River College, football)

Honorable mention all-region selection for the Tiger football team at defensive line where he recorded 33 tackles, including a tackle for loss.

• Grace Plummer (Simpson University, volleyball)

• Lilyann Lee (Feather River College, softball)

Hit .441 her senior season with 11 home runs, seven doubles and 48 RBIs. Named first team all-region player in the Class 5A North in 2024 as a designated player.

• Sage Adie (Pacific University, wrestling)

Finished his senior year as a two-time first team all-region wrestling selection in the Class 5A North. Finished career with over 100 wins.

• Roan Zigenis (Linfield University, wrestling)

A second team all-region wrestler in the Class 5A North as a junior.

• Carter Bleeker (College of San Mateo, baseball)

Hit .288 as a junior in 16 games for Tiger baseball. Did not play his senior season due to injury.

• Keegan Freeman (Big Bend College, baseball)

A second team all-region selection as a senior in the Class 5A North after posting a 1.97 ERA in 39 innings with 39 strikeouts.

• Aaron Tekansik (Dawson Community College, baseball)

Three-sport athlete finished with an honorable mention all-region nod in baseball.

• Rachel Rose (Lake Erie College, lacrosse)

The 2024 Jackie Pitts Award winner.

• Josh Nyland (Marietta College, lacrosse)

• Trace Estes (University of Nevada, football)

Estes was not at Douglas’ signing day, but will continue his football career as a preferred walk-on at the University of Nevada.

Estes, a two-sport athlete, led the Tigers in receiving on the football field this past fall with 732 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

• Mya Roberts (Feather River College, softball)

Roberts was not at Douglas’ signing, but hit .273 as a Tiger senior with a double and a home run.

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