Chilliwack athletes join college ranks

Several locals have hooked up with post-secondary programs in under-the-radar summer signings.

Several Chilliwack natives have quietly committed to post-secondary athletic programs over the past few months.

The University of Northern BC Timberwolves are adding three locals to the mens’ soccer squad. Defender Gordon Hall is transferring over from the University of the Fraser Valley, joined by midfielder/forward Conrad Rowlands and forward Brandon Wallace.

The University of British Columbia-Okanagan womens’ basketball team has picked up Sardis secondary school grad Michaela England.

Another Sardis grad, Alyssa Mitchell, is joining the Thompson Rivers University cross country running team.

GW Graham volleyball star Jade Neetz has found a home as an outside hitter with the Abbotsford-based Columbia Bible College Bearcats. Her new team is guided by former Highroad Academy coach Duncan Harrison.

Previously announced commitments include the big three from last year’s Sardis secondary school senior boys’ basketball team — Hayden Lejeune to the University of Victoria, Eric Rogers to Trinity Western and Cam Servatius to UBC-Okanagan.

GWG senior girls’ basketball standout Jenika Bannerman originally committed to Victoria, but has since switched to UFV.

GW Graham football star Jake Creasey is going to the University of Manitoba.

Sardis soccer star Justine Chiba is joining the University of Calgary Dinos while teammate McKenzie Hildebrand heads to UFV.

GWG track star Jesse MacDuff will try his luck at Simon Fraser University.