Three Walla Walla Valley athletes move up to college ranks

Moe Handcox, Chantelle Zamora and Zach Bartlow are all making the leap to college sports.

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WALLA WALLA - Three Walla Walla Valley athletes are taking their game to the college level this season; Wa-Hi's Moe Handcox and Chantelle Zamora announced their intentions to play at Central Washington and Walla Walla Community College, respectively, while Waitsburg-Prescott's Zach Bartlow is considering several scholarship offers.

Moe Handcox (5-foot-10, 150 pounds) committed to play football at Central Washington University Wednesday as a wide receiver.

Handcox caught 25 passes for 360 yards for an average of 14.4 yards per catch and five touchdowns in limited action his senior year at Wa-Hi. He was limited by a right elbow injury in the second-to-last game of the season against Moses Lake. Prior to that, Handcox shuffled between quarterback and receiver, while playing defensive back on defense.

He also returned punts and kick offs, including a 95-yard return against Southridge Sept. 9. He accounted for 836 all-purpose yards his senior season.

Wa-Hi football coach Eric Hisaw said Handcox chose Central Washington because it offered him the possibility of significant playing time and because it offered Handcox, who is a center fielder for Wa-Hi, the opportunity to play baseball as well.

"It's a great fit, its a great school for him," Hisaw said. "(CWU)Coach (Blaine) Bennett has done a great job. It's a place we felt he could come in and play and have an impact for two to three years and, if he redshirts, maybe four years as well."

Handcox earned second team all-Big Nine honors as a defensive back, wide receiver and punt/kick returner in his last season as a Blue Devil.

Chantelle Zamora committed to play volleyball at Walla Walla Community College Monday, choosing the Warriors over Wenatchee Valley.

Zamora played an integral role in last season's district championship as an outside hitter for the Wa-Hi Blue Devils and earned Tri-City Herald all-area first team and second team all-Columbia Basin Big Nine accolades.

She lettered in volleyball at Wa-Hi three times and is interested in studying elementary education.

"Chantelle is a very solid all around player," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "She is small to hit outside in the NWAACC, but her smart and aggressive style will help her compete."

Toon plans to redshirt Zamora (5-foot-9).

She is joining a squad that has been quite successful in recent years. The Warriors placed second in last season's NWAACC Championships and posted a 35-10 season record. WWCC has made it to the Final Four of the NWAACC Championships five out of the last eight years.

Zamora attended multiple camps at WWCC and visited the gym frequently, Toon said.

"Chantelles been plugging into our camps and our gym for 3-4 years now, so I've known about her for really her whole high school career," Toon said. "I guess we kind of recruited each each other."

Toon said Zamora will use her redshirt year to practice different techniques and her jumping ability, but that she would most likely need to become a back row specialist if she wanted to advance past WWCC in her college career.

Zamora said she definitely wanted to continue her college career after Walla Walla Community College, and that she would be open to switching positions in the future. But not yet.

"I guess its just more, like, exciting," she said of being a hitter. "It feels good to get the good pass, but it feels even better to be the one who just kills it - to put it down."

Zach Bartlow dominated the Southeast 2B conference his senior year, amassing 2,333 yards and 33 touchdowns through the air and 1,418 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground.

Bartlow (6-1, 188) capped his senior season with a tour de force performance in the 2B state title game against Morton-White Pass, accounting for 307 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-7 whipping of the runner up.

The dual threat quarterback is considering scholarship offers from NAIA powerhouses Eastern Oregon and Montana Western, but is also considering walking on at Eastern Washington or Idaho State, who have expressed interest in him but not offered a scholarship.

Zach's father and coach Jeff Bartlow said he will be making his decision in the coming weeks.

Bartlow earned all-SE2B first team honors his senior season.

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