UPDATE: Signing day: Football and soccer

  • Mike Cane, Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2009 4:35pm
  • Sports

Here is the updated list of local signings. (Newest additions are in italics.) Report other signings by e-mailing me at mcane@heraldnet.com.


Zach Johnson, Snohomish — Seattle Pacific University


Jerod Baker, Arlington — Central Washington University

A.J. Carroll, Meadowdale — Central Washington University

Taylor Cox, Jackson — Eastern Washington University

Tony Heard, Edmonds-Woodway — Central Washington University

Billy Lechtenberg, Mountlake Terrace — Eastern Washington University

Geoff Meinken, Lynnwood — Stanford

J.D. Melton, Archbishop Murphy — Central Washington University

J.J. Quinlan, Archbishop Murphy — Central Washington University


Louise Albin, Shorewood — University of Washington

Brittany Allen, Archbishop Murphy — Portland State University

Brittany McMullen, Everett — Saint Martin’s University

Valerie Stahl, Everett — Cleveland State University

Kendall Thoreson, King’s — Northwestern University

Ashley Tombelaine, Snohomish — University of Montana

Melissa von der Hofen, Archbishop Murphy — Eastern Washington University


There were lots of smiles at Archbishop Murphy High, where about an hour ago I watched four Wildcats athletes celebrate their signings. Football players J.J. Quinlan and J.D. Melton both signed with Central Washington University. Soccer players Brittany Allen and Melissa von der Hofen signed with Portland State University and Eastern Washington University, respectively.

A fun note about Quinlan and Melton, the Murphy football guys: Melton lived with Quinlan’s family for awhile during middle school and high school. They are close friends and plan to room together at Central Washington. Quinlan expects to play outside linebacker; Melton will be a wide receiver.


It’s going to be a busy day. Earlier this morning I was at Lynnwood High School, where Royals senior Geoff Meinken signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to play football for Stanford University.

Meinken, a shockingly fast 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, shared the moment with his family, friends, coaches and teachers. He signed at 7:05 a.m. — pretty early considering he doesn’t have a first-period class and usually doesn’t start school until 8 a.m.

Today is the start of the regular signing period for student-athletes recruited to play football, soccer, cross country, and track and field. Check back here throughout the day for recruiting updates. To report signings, e-mail me at mcane@heraldnet.com.

I’m on my way to Archbishop Murphy High, where three Wildcats athletes (two soccer players and one football player) are scheduled to sign at 10 a.m.

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