The fax machine was busy Wednesday morning at Auburn Riverside High School.
The school, riding a successful wave of sports team successes, celebrated national letter-of-intent day on Feb. 7 with seven of its top student-athletes receiving college scholarships. Some had already signed with their new schools, while others were about to.
“They’ve had a lot of success in a number of sports,” said Doug Aubert, Auburn Riverside’s athletic director, glancing at the Ravens’ group of seniors gathered at the school’s career center. “It’s cool that a number of them are multi-sport athletes.”
As his proud parents looked on, bright orange-clad Jaden Robinson sifted through the paperwork before signing and sending it to Corvallis, Ore. Robinson, a three-sport star blessed with speed and quickness, was a busy Beaver and soon-to-be cornerback at Oregon State, a late-hour addition for new football coach Jonathan Smith.
“I’m happy about the whole situation,” said the 6-foot-1, 187-pound Robinson, whose big plays and stout defense helped the Ravens capture the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division title and a state playoff berth last season. “They (Oregon State) were consistent. … They were there for me.”
For Robinson, the chance to play in the Pacific-12 Conference trumped offers from the likes of Eastern Washington, Portland State and Idaho.
Robinson was one of three scholarship-bound Ravens off the same football team.
Isaiah Prescott, a versatile and confident three-sport star, signed with the Air Force Academy. Prescott was looking for more out of a college, and the academy fit those needs.
“They want me as a slot receiver and kick return specialist,” said Prescott, the latest from his extended family of athletes to get a chance to play in college. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Tiano Malietufa, who triggered the Ravens at quarterback and filled gaps as an inside linebacker, signed with Central Washington, a Division II power loaded with valley talent. Malietufa was recruited to play defense.
Riley Dunne, one of the area’s top goalies, is ready to do big things at a small school – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
Calley Heilborn, Ciera Zimmerman and Anna Maracich – who helped power the Ravens to the state volleyball title – are poised for the next challenge. Heilborn, the state Gatorade Player of the Year, and Maracich, a standout blocker, signed with Western Washington. Zimmerman, a skilled 6-foot setter, is off to Colorado State.
Heilborn, a 6-1 outside hitter, led the Ravens to a 23-1 record and a second-straight Class 4A state championship this past season. Heilborn recorded 484 kills, 366 digs, 60 assists, 45 blocks and 34 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .403. The Player of the Year for both the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times, Heilborn was also MVP of the state tournament for a second straight year.
Elsewhere, Auburn’s Pa’Treon Lee (basketball, Lewis & Clark State College); Jason Brown Jr. (basketball, Northwest University) and Jacob Kludsikofsky (football, Montana Tech University) signed their letters of intent.