A pair of Bishop Manogue athletes will be moving far from home to continue their sports careers after high school.
Bailey Bright will wrestle for Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, and Alyssa Viola will pole vault for Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. Both signed their letters of intent on Monday at the school.
Bright, who won state wrestling titles as a junior and senior, is following his brother to Briar Cliff.
But that’s not the main reason he is going there.
“It’s small, and I like the campus. They’re small, it’s a cool place,” Bright said. “The facilities are nice. They have a nice wrestling gym.”
He plans to wrestle at 133 pounds there and will study kinesiology.
Viola had never heard of Hillsdale before the school contacted her. Turns out, Hillsdale is very good private Division II school, finishing second in the nation the past two years in women’s track and field.
She clicked with the coach, calling him “like a fun uncle.”
“I was a little intimidated by the location, at first, but once I got there in Hillsdale, the people were the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Viola said. “It made me feel comfortable with moving away from home.”
She said the facilities are among the nicest in the country.
Viola has cleared 11 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault in high school. The best girls pole vault in Nevada this season is 12-2.
Viola said she was painfully shy in middle school, but grew out of that at Manogue.
“I grew and became who I was here,” she said.
She plans to study either pre-med or exercise science.
Bishop Manogue will have a few more athletes signing letters of intent, including Marin Zaccheo for track and Michael Bove for golf, likely in early May.