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5 locals commit to continue their careers in college

Several local high school senior athletes and one with ties to Medford signed letters of intent to compete in college this week.

The signees are Eagle Point football player Reagan Scheffler, South Medford volleyball players Kiya Jackson, Danielle Pace and Alondra Picasso and former North Medford swimmer Zoey Dodson.

Scheffler, a 6-foot, 205-pound tight end and defensive end for the Eagles, is headed to George Fox University in Newberg.

A two-way starter and special teams player, Scheffler rarely came off the field. He made 19 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and forced a fumble.

Jackson, a 6-2 middle blocker, signed with Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Jackson, who boasts a 3.9 GPA, averaged four kills, three block finishes and two team blocks per game for the Panthers.

Pace, a 5-7 setter, and Picasso, a 5-7 outside hitter, will compete next for College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California.

Pace averaged six assists, two digs and two aces per game this past season.

Picasso averaged 12 digs, two aces and two kills while also splitting time at defensive specialist.

Dodson, who swam for North Medford for a couple years before transferring to Beaverton’s Sunset High, signed with New Mexico State. Dodson was the subject of a Mail Tribune story when her father rigged a makeshift suspension pool for her to train in after COVID-19 closed pools.