Three from MV to continue sports in college
Three Mountain View athletes from three different sports made their college choices official Wednesday in a ceremony at the school.
Ryann Durrett (lacrosse), Brooklyn Ewert (cross country) and Brayden Hutchison (football) all signed on the dotted line and will be continuing their athletic careers at the next level.
Durrett will play at Missouri Western State, Ewert will run at Colorado State and Hutchison will put on the pads at Fort Lewis.
Durrett, who plays for the district lacrosse team based at Thompson Valley, still has her senior season to play, but in her sophomore and junior seasons, she scored 61 goals and had 21 assists. She helped lead the team to the state championship game last season.
She said the recruiting process was stressful, but committing and making it official was a relief.
“It was really stressful,” Durrett said. “At first, you’re just like, ‘Should I play? Should I not?’ It’s like really stressful but once you make the decision, there is so much weight lifted off your shoulders. I fell in love with Missouri Western because I actually went out there for a camp and I met the girls and they were all really welcoming and really sweet.”
Ewert made her fourth appearance at the state cross country meet last season and finished in 28th place in the Class 4A race.
She won’t be going too far to continue running, but she said CSU and Fort Collins are a perfect fit for her.
“It definitely was a long process, kind of stressful,” Ewert said. “I started talking to coaches my junior year. I knew I wanted to run in college, but I wasn’t sure exactly what that was going to look like. I really just fell in love with the girls at CSU. I love being near the mountains and in Fort Collins, so I am really excited to see what the future holds.”
Hutchison was the best player the Mountain Lions had last season. He was the defensive lineman of the year in 3A League 7. He was also named all-state honorable mention.
Even though Fort Lewis has always been where he wanted to play, knowing he was leaving friends and family made the decision hard for him.
“I knew I wanted to go to Fort Lewis,” Hutchison said. “I grew up down there. I love it. I love Durango. I was very excited when I did get an offer from them. It was still a very hard decision, just because I don’t want to leave up here. I don’t want to leave my family.”