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North's Carpenter, Johnson sign letters

Two North Medford senior athletes signed college letters of intent this week at the high school.

Football player Jett Carpenter on Thursday signed with Eastern Washington University, following up on a verbal commitment he made earlier. Softball player Grace Johnson signed her letter on Tuesday to attend Corban University.

Carpenter, a 6-foot-4, 209-pound tight end, was chosen offensive player of the year in the Southwest Conference.

For the season, he had 56 catches for 993 yards (17.7 yards per reception) and 13 touchdowns.

He also starred on defense, earning second-team honors for the Black Tornado.

Eastern Washington is an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision school in Cheney, Washington. The Eagles are part of the Big Sky Conference.

Eastern Washington was the national runner-up two seasons ago but failed to make the playoffs this year — even though the Big Sky set an all-time high when four schools earned first-round byes in the playoffs.

Eastern Washington, the conference preseason favorite, went 7-5 overall and 6-2 under coach third-year coach Aaron Best.

Johnson, an outfielder for the Black Tornado, received honorable mention in SWC all-league voting last spring.

She batted .311 in 27 games, producing 20 RBIs, 17 runs and five doubles.

Corban is a member of the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference and is located in Salem. The Warriors made the national tournament for the third straight year in 2019, losing in the opening round to end the season with a 37-16 overall record.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth’s Jett Carpenter at practice Tuesday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth's Grace Johnson drops a bunt in the 5th inning.