Softball stars sign with NCAA Division I programs

Wednesday was first day of fall signing period

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Southwest Washington remains a place for colleges to find softball talent.

Actually, there are several sports represented this week as the early signing period for college scholarships began Wednesday.

At Camas, two softball players have made their decisions. Harli Hubbard was expected to sign with North Carolina State softball. Lena Richards was expected to sign with Akron.

Both players were instrumental in the Papermakers' second-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament last spring.

Over at Skyview, Emily Dobbin, was set to sign with Kent State softball.

Prairie's Nicole O'Haver has decided to go to the University of Mary, a Division II softball program in North Dakota.

As noted in Tuesday's edition of The Columbian, two Skyview basketball players, Aubrey Ward-El and Jocelyn Adams, had made their choices. Ward-El signed with the University of San Diego on Wednesday and Adams went to Weber State in Utah.

Joining Adams is another Vancouver athlete. CeCe Wooten also signed with Weber State.

A Vancouver resident and former Hudson's Bay Eagle, she now attends St. Mary's in Portland.

Union's Jessica Chatman and Tee Anderson will play women's basketball in college, too. Chatman has been committed to Brigham Young University since her sophomore year. Anderson was expected to sign with Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Two small-school stars have earned big-time offers in volleyball.

Shannon Boyle of Ridgefield was expected to sign with Sacramento State. Nicolette Nesbitt of Woodland is heading to St. Martin's University in Lacey.

The region's top swimmer, Monica Bottelberghe, is going to Boise State.

The early signing period will last through Wednesday. Football, track and field, and cross country athletes must wait until February to sign their letters of intent.