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Three AHS student-athletes sign collegiate letters of intent

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Three Alpena High student-athletes have been playing their sport, and working at it, since they were in grade school. In fact it’s that work ethic that will give Ashley Giordano, T.J. Hoes, and Kyle Phillips a chance to pursue their sport, and maybe their dreams, in college this fall.

Thursday afternoon at AHS Giordano, Hoes, and Phillips each signed a Letter of Intent to play for a college team, Giordano to play tennis at Saginaw Valley State University; Hoes to play baseball at Adrian University; and Phillips to play football at Northwood University.

Ashley Giordano will continue her studies and play tennis at Saginaw Valley State University.

For Giordano and Hoes, the signing comes with a significant academic scholarship; Phillips, who is a “preferred walk-on” for Northwood’s football team, has a chance to earn a scholarship after a semester on campus and working with the team.

Giordano, the first AHS student from the boys’ or girls’ tennis team to sign a letter of intent for tennis in at least the last 15 years, will be technically “on the team” at SVSU but must play for a spot on the fall roster. After four years on the AHS varsity squad – the last three as number one single – she is accustomed to defending her spot and her school. AHS isn’t known for strong tennis, Giordano admits, but says that has never bothered her. “Last year I beat TC West and the whole other team was shocked. I enjoy being the underdog!”

T.J. Hoes will be rounding the bases at Adrian University

T.J. (Tyler Jensen) Hoes, catcher on the AHS Varsity baseball team since his sophomore year, is guaranteed a spot on the Adrian University baseball team, which puts him right in the thick of collegiate competition. Adrian’s team, pre-season, is ranked 15th in the country.

Adrian University gets a very good ballplayer, says AHS baseball coach Scott MacKenzie, proud to hand over his catcher. “T.J.’s baseball skills are very good because he works very hard, he has good athleticism, and he has the dedication and personality to make it all the way.”

Kyle Phillips, granted “preferred walk-on” status in Northwood University’s football program, is delighted with his chances, too. As a receiver, he notes that Northwood’s receivers often end up on all-conference teams, and as an accounting major, he’s even more pleased that Northwood’s accounting program has a 100 percent placement rate.

Kyle Phillips has signed to attend Northwood University

He may well be “red-shirted” his freshman year – Phillips said the coach told him Northwood brings in a large recruiting class and almost all are red-shirted as freshmen to preserve eligibility in their sophomore years and beyond – but he’ll have the chance to work out with the team.