Pine View volleyball standout Cierra Costa is heading to Snow College.
Badgers head coach Jeffrey Reynolds announced the signing of Costa and five other players Friday morning.
Costa, an outside hitter for PV, was part of the Panthers’ fifth-place finish in last season’s state tournament, the first time PV had been the the tournament in 10 years.
Costa toured the campus and got to practice with the team.
“It was really fun, and then after he said ‘Hey, there’s a spot for you,’” Costa said. “I just felt really right about it.”
Initially, Snow College wasn’t on her radar as she had interest from a couple of schools who wanted her for track and field, including Westminster College in Salt Lake City, which wanted her as a heptathlon athlete.
She had even visited Concordia and Redlands in Southern California.
“That’s one thing I’ve been fighting with the past couple years cause my heart’s in both,” she said after finishing her 100-meter hurdles heat at Friday’s Desert Hills Invitational. “Volleyball felt right for me at the time.”
There aren’t a lot of 5-foot-7 outside hitters in college volleyball, so Costa will most likely place as a defensive specialist for the Badgers.
“I think I’ll be able to adapt to it, of course,” she said. “It’s a whole new position from outside … for me to play back row I feel like I have a lot of potential in that, and the coach thinks so too.”
Costa is part of a six-player group that signed with the Badgers, who went 12-17 last season.
Desert Hills boys basketball standout heading west
Marcus McKone, the Thunder’s leading scorer this past season, is going to play basketball for Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington, come this fall.
Before visiting the college over spring break, McKone says he’d never been to the Pacific Northwest, but liked what he saw.
“It’s not too big, and it’s a nice campus, and I just feel like when you walk on campus you feel welcomed,” he said.
The six-foot-three-inch guard averaged 14.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Thunder, who made it to the Class 3A quarterfinals where they lost to eventual finalist Juan Diego.
Dixie State announces several more signings
Two former Region 9 volleyball players are part of the Trailblazers’ spring signing class.
Malary Reid (Hurricane High, BYU-Hawaii) and Alexa Goulding (Desert Hills High, Western Wyoming CC) are the two volleyball signings so far.
They join the nine cross country signees and three swimming signees that have been announced so far.
DSU expects to have its full complement of new student-athletes signed by next week.
Trailblazers baseball splits doubleheader
Dixie State split a doubleheader with Azusa Pacific on Friday night.
The Cougars won the first game 8-1, and the Trailblazers won the second contest 9-6.
Drew McLaughlin became DSU’s all-time career hits leader when he reached on a bunt in the third inning.
In the second game, Miles Bice went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Samuel Hall and Ryan Rodriguez added two RBIs apiece for DSU.
DSU will try and salvage a series split Saturday at noon at Bruce Hurst Field.