Dozens more Alaskan high school athletes commit to competing at the collegiate level

Twin brothers James and Billy Reinbold were standout athletes and students at Dimond High School and have intentions of doing the same at the college level. Billy Reinbold, both recent grads, will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and James will attend Cornell University in the fall. Both will play on their respective schools’ football teams.

The Reinbold brothers join more than 60 Alaskan high school student-athletes who have devoted themselves to collegiate-level sport.

[More than 25 Alaska high school athletes commit to competing at collegiate level]

The Reinbold siblings looked at colleges together, but chose to attend different schools because of their unique life interests and found football programs and academic curricula best suited them.

“I chose MIT because I think it perfectly embodies who I am as a person,” Billy Reinbold said in an email. “The attribute I was looking for was a STEM major school and one where I could possibly play soccer. After meeting the coach and the team, I felt like I had found the perfect school for me.”

James was on a recruiting visit to the east coast last summer looking for an institution that would allow him to play the sport he loves while receiving an Ivy League education.

“As soon as I walked into Cornell’s Schoellkopf Field, I knew I wanted to go there,” James Reinbold said in an email. “I immediately connected with the linebacker coach and knew I wanted to spend the next four years of my life under his wing. I enjoyed the historical and traditional atmosphere of the football program, which is one of the oldest and most storied programs in the nation. I also fell in love with the Cornell campus with its beautiful canyons and waterfalls.”

While they will attend different schools, the Reinbold brothers will still be in fairly close proximity on the same shore. The distance between Ithaca, New York, where Cornell is located, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where MIT is located, is 328 miles via Interstate 90. That’s about a six-hour drive, a short flight, or just under a 10-hour train ride if one of decides to pay them a visit.

ADN asked coaches, parents, and student-athletes to report individual college commitments. The following list is a compilation of these responses along with reports from ADN’s Josh Reed.

Bartlett

Ariel Gonzalez will play soccer at Green River College in Auburn, Washington.

Nyakoat Ruot will play basketball at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

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Addison Dobbs plays soccer at Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington.

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Logan Smith will play baseball at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Alex Bruce will play baseball at Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona.

Billy Reinbold will play soccer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

James Reinbold will play football at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Joseph Butzke will play soccer at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Rebecca Shaw will play soccer at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.

Mara Chavez will play soccer at Northern Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Keegynn Applegate will play football at Division I George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Malia Ogee will play softball at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Trinity Miller plays softball at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Arianna Alirez will play softball at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.

Shelby Wholecheese will play softball at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois.

Brenna Flannery will play softball at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

Ava Baldwin will play volleyball at Green River College in Auburn, Washington.

Danielle Milo plays volleyball at the University of Antelope Valley in Lancaster, California.

Malia Iloilo will play volleyball at Green River College in Auburn, Washington.

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Lily Singleton will play soccer at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Kaycee Chavez will play soccer at Northern Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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Zyiah Mikes will play football in Division I at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama.

Avery Northcutt will play volleyball at West Texas College in Snyder, Texas.

Benjamin Pope will compete in wrestling at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas.

Alena Glover will play hockey at the University of Augsburg in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sydney Leonard will play hockey at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Massachusetts.

Riley Castro will play soccer at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington.

Matthew Theriault will play soccer at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

Laila Tosi will play hockey at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Chavous Kuamo’o-Malama will compete in bowling at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.

Isabelle Jolin will play softball at Trinidad State College in Trinidad, Colorado.

Grace Christian

Lily Hulst will play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kodiak

Ian Rocheleau will swim for Division II Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.

Nick Carver will swim for Division II William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

Mat-Su Central School

Bailey Brunnholzl will play hockey at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

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Cort Sandefur will compete in track and field at the DI University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.

Lexi Seymore will play basketball at Simpson College in Indianola, Indiana.

Charlie Severance will wrestle at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Wayde Bowman, Logan Seymore and Mason Brouillet will play football together at Simpson College in Indianola, Indiana.

Jaden Spaulding will play soccer at Wagner College in New York City, New York.

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Ashley Hayes will play volleyball at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon.

Autumn Kirkpatrick plays volleyball at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon.

Collette Carpenter will play volleyball at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington.

Jordan Hayes will play volleyball at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon.

Seward

Lydia Jacoby will be swimming at DI University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

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Rhys Cannava will play soccer at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Nate Johnson will attend Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado.

Jordan Strausbaugh will compete in distance at the UAA.

Isabella Valenzuela will compete in a dance competition at DI University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Jolie Widaman will play soccer at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington.

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Dot Tieszen will play soccer at George Mason University’s DI in Fairfax, Virginia.

Kaushal Riedman will play soccer at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Beau Daily will wrestle at Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Alison Ulrich will play softball at the University of Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, Minnesota.

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Preston Williams will play baseball at Lassen Community College Cougars in Susanville, California.

Wallace Adams will play soccer at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.

Noah Chambers will play football at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota.

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Bella Hays will play basketball at DI Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington on a full scholarship.

Brennan Lackey will direct cross country and distance at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

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Charlie Rush will play tennis at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

George Sholton will compete in swimming at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Elizabeth Hoak will play volleyball at Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, Washington.

Filipina Maugaotega will play volleyball at Green River College in Auburn, Washington.

Hazel Allen will play volleyball at Houston Baptist University in Sharpstown, Houston, Texas.

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