Following a breakthough sophomore season with 32 tackles and team-leading six sacks, Alex Hoff, a 2012 LHS graduate, is entering his third year at Linfield College as a preseason All-American.
The 2013 All-Northwest Conference first-team selection was mentioned last month on Beyond Sports Network’s Division-III preseason All-American team, joining Wildcat teammates and second-team offensive linemen Steven Schultz and Eric Pitassi as top watch-list candidates.
Hoff plays defensive end and long snapper for Linfield, which is coming off its 58th-straight winning season at 11-1.
The Wildcats play three out-of-state road games to open the 2014 schedule, before their first home contest in McMinnville on Oct. 11.
State champion swimmer Wyatt Engler will be among the headline athletes for an upstart program in Coos Bay, taking his talents to the pools of Southwestern Oregon Community College's team.
Amanda Short, a two-time 5A state track and field runner-up in the javelin, will look to build on her senior all-state volleyball status as a freshman for Western Oregon’s volleyball team.
A trio of LHS girls basketball players will represent the three-time state tournament team at the college level as well.
Jenna Morch has already started classes at Division-I Idaho State, while fellow all-state selection Maci Benedict will join the backcourt of Northern Idaho University.
Benedict follows sisters Megan (Gonzaga, Corban University) and McKenzi (Chemeketa Community College) as former Warriors to reach the college level.
Ellie Phillips is another three-year LHS starter that will debut her skills this winter while for Salem’s Willamette University, while former soccer teammate Annie Tunstill will join Northwest Christian University’s soccer team in Eugene this fall