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Hanford's Neary Headlines Class of Local Athletes Signing on National Signing Day

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- It was a life-changing day for many high school athletes, National Signing Day.

In Richland, Hanford's Aaron neary will lace it up with the defending FCS National Champion Eastern Washington Eagles next fall.

Neary played only two seasons for the Falcons while battling injuries but caught the eye of the Eagles coaching staff.

"I always wanted to go to Eastern," said Neary. "It was where my heart was. So National championship or not, it's still a place I wanted to be. It's great. It's awesome. I've been worrying about it for a long time so it's great to get it over with and get it on paper and we're ready to go. I'm ready to go."

Just a little drive down George Washington Way, Richland Bomber Running Back Jake McKinney will take his football skills to Carroll College in Montana.

The Fighting Saints are the defending NAIA champions. McKinney rushed for over 1,600 yards last season.

The Bombers girls soccer team also is sending 3 athletes to D-I schools.

In Walla Walla, Aaron Nelson signs with the University of Washington to run track and cross country for the Dawgs. He is 2nd all-time at Walla Walla in the 2-mile run.

In Kennewick, Kamiakin volleyball coach Mary Opitz has prepared another 3 Braves to take their game to college. Kourtney Fullmer, Tori Softich and Amanda Garner signed to play volleyball. Krysta Beach will play softball at YVCC.