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Prep notebook: Liberty's Amon Frazier commits to San Diego State soccer

By Kevin Carmody Published: July 18, 2013 0

Liberty's Frazier commits to San Diego State soccer

Amon Frazier, an incoming senior at Liberty and two-year veteran of Real Colorado U17/U18 Developmental Academy, recently gave his verbal commitment to play men's soccer at San Diego State.

Verbal commitments are nonbinding. His opportunity to sign his national letter of intent won't come until Feb. 5, 2014.

To the 5-foot-11 defender, it was all about making his life-altering decision before the upcoming season.

"It's quite a big monkey off my back, being stressed out and getting done with this whole process," Frazier said Wednesday. "Now I can focus on soccer for the next 12 months. It's quite a relief that I won't have to worry about it through the season."

Frazier, 17, said he plans to major in either marketing or chemistry at the recently added soccer member of the Pac-12. His older brother, Alex, is a junior on the Air Force soccer team.

He also had offers from George Mason, Dayton, Bradley and Fort Lewis.

L-P's Smith on world youth volleyball team

Lewis-Palmer standout Alexa Smith made the U.S. girls' youth national volleyball training team 12-player roster, which will compete in the FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship July 25 to Aug. 4 in Nakhon Ratchisima, Thailand.

Pine Creek teammates Lopez, Hamstad hope to elevate Grace basketball

Last season, Grace University lost in the first round of the National Christian College Athletic Association's Division II men's basketball national championship.

Pine Creek graduates Rhett Lopez and Jase Hamstad hope to change that. Both former Eagles will head east next month to start their college careers at the Omaha, Neb., school.

"We're best friends, so we figured it would be easier if we went together to make the transition easier," Lopez said. "They had a lot of seniors last year, so both of us have a chance to make an impact right away. We'd like to get back to the tournament and get further this year."

Lopez, who stands 6-4, led Pine Creek in scoring last season at 11.9 points and had a team-best 19 3-pointers. The 6-5 Hamstad scored 6.9 points per game.

With the addition of recent Mitchell grad Torrean Abrams, the Royals will have a decidedly Colorado Springs look. The trio will join returning letter-winners Hakeem Stewart (Wasson) and Lance Evans (Rampart).

How 'Swede' it is for Mitchell graduate Cooley

Aaron Cooley, who averaged 11.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and was a recipient of a scholastic excellence award at Mitchell, recently signed a national letter of intent to play men's basketball at Bethany.

Cooley, a 6-6 forward, joins fellow Mitchell graduate Larry McLin for the Swedes, a member of the NAIA in Lindsborg, Kan.

"Aaron is an outstanding student, phenomenal young man and a very good basketball player," Bethany coach Clair Oleen said in a release.

KEVIN CARMODY, THE GAZETTE

Joe Paisley contributed

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