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RONAN — Four Mission Valley high school athletes ceremoniously inked their national letters of intent to play at regional colleges.

Ronan High School seniors Brant Heiner and Madeline McCrea celebrated their signings in front of family, coaches, friends and fellow teammates late Wednesday afternoon during a signing event held at the Ronan event center. 

Heiner capped a milestone year with a third-place finish and all-state accolades during the State A Cross Country Championship held at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell in October. Heiner signed a letter of intent to run cross country and track at Montana Tech in Butte. Heiner said he chose to suit up for the Orediggers because he felt he could make “a big impact” in the young program. The school competed in its inaugural season this past fall.

McCrea will continue her volleyball career by taking the court for the Argos at the University of Providence in Great Falls with a plan to study biology. During her high school career, she played in her school’s first state Class A playoff game in 18 years, and McCrea led the Maidens deep into the postseason while earning all-state and first-team all-conference honors.

On Thursday, Polson High School senior JC Steele announced that he signed up to play college football with the Battlin’ Bears and enroll at Rocky Mountain College in Billings where he plans to pursue a major in physical education. 

By putting pen to paper in mid-November, Polson senior Trevor Lake extended his prep football career into the collegiate level by signing his letter of intent to attend the University of Montana-Western in Dillon. Lake intends to pursue a career in coaching and teaching with a focus on math.

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