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Sending girls soccer players to the collegiate ranks is nothing new for Skyline High School.

But the three Falcons signing national letters of intent Thursday will definitely be blazing a trail.

Midfielder Nikki Mastriona and defenders Saddie Stark and Madi Welsh all will make their commitments official to play at Western State, which is playing its inaugural season of women’s soccer in the fall.

Western is coached by Jeremy Clevenger, who helped Fort Hays State start a program last season.

“He came and watched one of our games,” SHS coach Kevin Puckett said Wednesday. “They’re excited to go down and play. It’s great for them. I’m glad to see kids go somewhere and play soccer and get a little money for it. It’s really awesome.”

Several locals sign

Wednesday marked the opening day of the regular signing period for most sports other than football.

Among the other area athletes who signed or who are expected to sign during this period are:

–Boulder’s Emily Larson, Nordic skiing, New Hampshire.

–Broomfield’s Jonathan Stelling, wrestling, Colorado Mesa; and Zach Kusick, tennis, Simpson College (Iowa).

–Centaurus’ Maurissa Ortega, basketball, Western Nebraska CC and Alli Chaney, volleyball, Connecticut College.

–Fairview’s Colin Brown, football, Pomona-Pitzer; and Conner McGraw, football, Glendale (Ariz.) Community College.

–Frederick’s Caroline Johnson, softball, Chadron State; and Steven Retchless, football, Bethany College.

–Erie’s Clay Bunker, wrestling, Western State and Nicole Hulet, track, cross country, Colorado State-Pueblo.

–Longmont’s Reilly Mau, baseball, Metro State; Cris Chacon, football, North Central (Ill.); Jordan Johnson, football, North Central (Ill.); Haley Schneider, diving, Northern Colorado; Jared Mannatt, golf, Colorado School of Mines; and Steven Wacker, track and field, Idaho State.

–Longmont Christian’s Taylor Schafer, volleyball, Grace University (Neb.).

–Mead’s Haiden De Jane, equestrian, South Carolina.

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