Photo by Winter Rossmoine

Cooper Leaf, Jayce French, Tanner Leaf, Jonah Blackman, Carson Bohning, Lucas Shepard, Hayden Picard Feb. 5th Photo by Winter Rossmoine

College Signing Day

College signing day was a great way to commemorate the many great athletes that were created at this school. Dedicated to the game, these kids had shown great compassion and dedication throughout their high school years that made them stand out. 

Tanner Leaf signed with the College of Idaho because they are a really successful program and have great people he said. It is also pretty close to home and offers a great education.

He signed to play both football and baseball. Football he has been playing since 6 years old and baseball since 11.

The biggest obstacle he had was not playing a ton his junior year in football but bouncing back his senior year.

 He said his favorite quote was “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” by Michael Jordan.

“I want to be the best that I can be and just knowing the potential I should reach,” he said.

College Signing Day was pretty special for him because his grandparents came and his whole family was there to show support.

He said “Going into college, I am definitely looking forward to meeting new people and all the new opportunities that will arise once I get out there.”

“My coaches were great and they all supported me all the way and I don’t know where I would be without them!” he said.


   Jonah Blackham signed with the University of Eastern Oregon to continue my football and academic career. 

He signed with them because they gave him the best opportunity to play football at an affordable price in college and also due to the long standing tradition of the program that reminds me of Capital. 

He played 3 sports in high school and has played all three since the 4th grade. “From flag football to Optimist, to Fairmont heavyweights, to the Capital football team!” he said.

His biggest obstacle he had to overcome in football was being told he was too slow. He has gotten faster and being told that pushes him everyday to the best he can be. 

His favorite quote is “Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work.”

   My motivation comes from my family and any friends that push me to be better in school and in sports. My main motivation is my coaches! They have helped me improve my abilities so much. Even the coaches that told me I couldn’t or they weren’t sure if they wanted to recruit me it makes me more motivated to improve day in and day out!

  College signing day was special for me because I knew I had accomplished a goal of playing college football. It was still stressful due to the fact I had a lot of scholarships to turn into the college. But over all my family was excited for me and I felt proud that I have made it this far!

   For me in college I am looking forward to meeting new people! I want to make new bonds on and off the field. I also am looking forward to getting out of the house and living in the dorms, giving me a glimpse at life without my parents.

   I would describe my coaches as very HELPFUL! They have always wanted the best for me and have helped me be the best version of myself on the field. I especially wanna thank my Wide Receiver coach for all the extra work he has helped me put in. He has been my biggest supporter and I feel like he is family to me! So I would say my coaches treated me very well!


C.J. Sturges signed with Treasure Valley Community College because they do not only have the major he wants to study in, but also their baseball program is great as well. 

He signed to play Baseball, and he has been playing it for almost 14 years now. 

He says the biggest obstacle is staying motivated.

His favorite quote is, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” by Jackie Robinson or the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11. 

“What motivates me is to be better than those before me and hopefully make it to the pros,” he said.

College Signing Day was special for him because he is the first out of his siblings to be able to play a college sport. 

“I’m looking forward to the new people I’m gonna meet and playing against former teammates and friends.” He said.

“My coaches were great, especially Coach Paul and Coach Joe over the summer. They pushed me and helped me become the player I am today.” He said. 


Jayce French signed with College of Idaho because it is a great school and has an up and coming football program. 

He signed to play Football, and has been doing it since elementary school.

His main obstacle was learning how to compete at a high level. “If you believe in yourself, others will too”.

His main goal is that he just wants to do his best in everything he does.

“College signing day was a great experience and something I’ve been working toward for a long time.” He said.

“In college, I am going to focus on improving myself and getting a great education.

I had the best coaches, especially here at Capital. Shootout to Jerrell.” He said.


Trace Schultz signed with Lewis Clark State College. He likes the team atmosphere and the philosophy of the coach and felt that it was a good fit for his future path.

He is doing track/cross country, he has been doing them since freshman year.

The biggest obstacle that he overcame is his constant battle with injuries and having to learn to listen to his body and learning when to push through pain. 

“Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere it’s a result of something… hours of and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication” by Roger staubach. 

He is motivated to be the best athlete I can be.

“College Signing Day was a great experience for me and my family.” He said.

He said he is excited to compete at a higher level and making new friends.

“Doherty is one of the best and most committed coaches I have ever had and the desire he has for each athlete to reach their potential is unrivaled.” He said.  

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