ATHENA - Weston-McEwen's Morgan Entze, a three-sport standout, announced recently that she will be attending the Portland-area Mount Hood Community College on full tuition waivers for both softball and volleyball.
Although Entze had received interest from local schools such as Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla University, she decided Mount Hood was the right choice for her shortly after working out with the program.
"As soon as I got there I knew that was where I wanted to go," Entze said. "The coach fit me and the program fit me. All along that was where I knew I wanted to go."
Entze received an almost-full ride to play for the Saints, an NWAACC program. She will recieve tuition waivers for 12 credits a semester, enough to be considered a full time student, but will pay for an additional three credits a semester out of pocket, her mother Billie Entze said.
Getting away from the small town feel of Athena was important to Entze.
"I've lived in Athena all my life, and I just kind of wanted to go to Portland and be away from home," Entze said.
Billie Entze was not overly sentimental about Morgan leaving for college.
"I think it will be a good thing for her," the elder Entze said. "She needs to get away from the small-town stuff that goes on at small-town high schools. Time to move out into the real world."
The college-bound Entze said she will be taking pre-requisite courses for a pediatric nursing degree, and plans on transferring to a four-year university to complete her degree. She would like to continue playing volleyball at the four-year level.
"That's the hope, is to transfer to a four year and play volleyball," Entze said. "Just any four-year school that has a nursing program."