Serving Student Athletes Make It Official, Sign Next Level


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Six different Service High School student athletes have put pen to paper and announced where they will go to college to take their sport to the next level.

Three football players have signed, along with two footballers and, for the first time in the service’s history, a student is switching to rifle.

Gabriela Zych is heading to the University of Memphis, a Division I college. She said when she started in the sport, she had no idea it would ever happen. However, Zych got down to business, joining a club and training four or five times a week. Now she can say she is a D1 athlete.

“He feels great. It’s something I’ve been really looking forward to and I’m so excited for the next semester where I can go to college and compete,” Zych said.

The two footballers are Aaron Baffour and Everett Manning. Baffour will attend D’Youville University in New York and Manning will head to Rocky Mountain College in Montana. Both Manning and Baffour are excited to take the sport they love to the next level, although making it official was also a bit bittersweet.

“I feel like part of my life is about to end. I’m leaving a lot of memories behind, just a little bit fit, but I feel like it’s going to be a good change “said Manning.

“The transition to college life, being on my own, and I’m going pretty far…I’m going to New York, so you know that’s a pretty big jump for a kid like me,” Baffour said.

The three footballers are Sebastian O’Farrell, Justin Cooper and Kaiman Cutway. O’Farrell will go to Black Hills State University in South Dakota, Cooper will go to Arizona Christian University in Arizona, and Cutway will attend Dickinson State University in North Dakota.

” It’s awesome. I wish there were more athletes from Alaska, but it’s cool to be one of our state’s ambassadors and representatives,” Cutway said.

Sebastian O’Farrell said that while the pen has been written and the commitment made, his work is far from done.

“The weight is not on my shoulders yet, I still have a lot to do,” O’Farrell said. “There’s a lot of things I have to do in college, I have to go play, do some bullshit, you know what I’m saying? Just, I’m ready to move on to the next challenge.

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