Madras multisport standout Devin Ceciliani has chosen not to sign a professional baseball contract and instead will play football and baseball at NCAA Division II Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
A 2013 graduate of Madras High, Ceciliani (last month) was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 34th round of the Major League draft.
“He couldn’t walk away from football,” said Ceciliani’s father, Darrell. “He’s following his passion. There was no real wrong decision.”
Ceciliani probably could have chosen to commit to a bigger school to play baseball, his father said, noting that several Division I schools made scholarship offers after Devin was drafted in June. But Western Oregon, said Darrell Ceciliani, was the only school excited to have him play both football and baseball.
“That was the big caveat,” the elder Ceciliani said. “The football and the baseball coaches there are working together and doing everything they can to help him do both (sports).”
Local quarterbacks sign with George Fox
Mountain View’s Toby Webb and Madras’ Steele Haugen, both quarterbacks, have committed to play football at George Fox University.
The two Central Oregonians will join a program the McMinnville school dropped after the 1968 season. The new Bruin football team will practice this fall and play its first game in fall 2014.
Redmond to host physical exam night
Redmond High will host a “Physical Night” on Aug. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. for all students who are planning to participate in athletics in the Redmond School District during the 2013-14 school year. The fee for a physical exam is $20, and because doctors will be donating their time, all proceeds from the night going to the school district for sports medicine supplies. Students whose last names start with the letters A through G should come to the high school between 5 and 6 p.m.; those whose last names begin with the letters H through P should attend between 6 and 7 p.m.; and students whose last names start with the letters Q through should attend from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Redmond athletic trainer Cari Wood at cari.wood@ target="_blank" href="http://redmond.k12.or.us" redmond.k12.or.usclass="auto">redmond.k12.or.us.