FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) Wednesday was national letter of intent signing day and local athletes in the valley all committed to play college athletics either close to home like CMU or out of state to begin their next journey as college athletes.
A total of five Wildcats signed at their ceremony held in the Fruita High auditorium. Two lacrosse players, Ella Dillon who will play close by at CMU, and Nicholas Petree, who will play at Benedictine College in Kansas.
The Mavericks will gain three Fruita women's soccer players as Carli Dare, Violet Detwiler and Lila Dere all signed to play soccer next year at CMU. These girls have played with each other for the past four years and playing together at the next level will have some advantages.
"I think it's going to be really nice," said Carli Dare. "Some friendly faces to help us get our way into the program."
"It's definitely a team sport so we know how each other play so we do really well with each other in combinations so it works out," Violet Detwiler said. "It's close to home which is really nice. It's a great program. Their soccer team is really talented and their coaches get a chance to see us play since we live in town so it made such a good player-coach connection."
"Both my parents went to Mesa and I just think it's kind of cool to carry on and go there too," said Lila Dere. "It's also a beautiful campus and it's really close to home."
"I've been playing lacrosse for about six years and I am so happy that I get this opportunity to play at the collegiate level, especially under coach Shanta at CMU," said Mavericks lacrosse commit Ella Dillon.
"I've been playing lacrosse since third grade so about nine years now," Nicholas Petree said. "Ever since I saw my first college game, it's always been something that, it's been my dream."