Published: April 16, 2014
The stage in Liberty High School's auditorium was full Wednesday morning with athletes and their parents as six students made their college intentions official.
Kyle Simon, Klinton Spencer, Kristen Jensen, Brandon Saucedo, Codi Inloes-Williams and Jonathon Sigley all signed national letters of intent to participate in college athletics beginning this fall. They thanked their parents, friends and coaches before signing on the dotted line.
Simon will play baseball at Palm Beach Atlantic in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he said coaches will groom him at first base. The 6-2, 220-pound multiposition player was excited to make his college choice official.
"It's what I've worked for my whole life," Simon said. "I'll be a mile away from the beach, so I'm loving it. I'm going to go out, have fun (this season) and get ready for the real stuff."
Spencer parlayed a breakout season for the Lancers' boys' soccer team into a scholarship at Colorado-Colorado Springs, and he is happy to be staying close to home.
"My friends and family are here, and I've always loved Colorado Springs, so I look forward to representing my city," said Spencer, who scored a team-high 17 goals to go along with six assists for the 10-7-1 Lancers last fall. "Hopefully, I can continue (my good play) and play well at the college level. This is definitely something I've been looking forward to."
Jensen, who is 7-0 at No. 1 singles for Liberty this season, will play tennis at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She has amassed a 13-3 record the past two seasons and has honed her skills by playing club tennis.
"It's very surreal, and I think my hand was shaking more than it ever has," Jensen said of signing her letter. "It's really nice to see your hard work pay off. It's nice to be able to stay close to my family and all of the people who have supported me.
"Playing at regionals and state every year has really helped, and playing a lot of club and USTA tennis has definitely gotten me to the level I need to be."
Saucedo will play soccer at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction and has been playing club soccer the past few years with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's under-18 team Real Colorado in Denver.
"I'm really excited to play at CMU, and it's a huge step in my life," Saucedo said. "It's a big leap from high school, but I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully, it works out for the best."
In addition, Sigley, who was 33-17 at 152 pounds this season, will wrestle at Alderson Broaddus in Philippi, W.Va., and Inloes-Williams - who led Liberty's volleyball team with 334 assists and added 124 digs - signed to play at Farleigh Dickinson in Hackensack, N.J.