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Local student-athletes sign the dotted line on signing day

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Local high school athletes signed their national letters of intent Wednesday to play at the collegiate level.

Southridge's Heather Johnson and Josh Richards signed Wednesday. Johnson will play soccer at Gonzaga, and Richards will play football at Central Washington University. Kennewick volleyball player Meghan McIntyre signed to play at Blue Mountain Community College. Hanford's Heather Baddley will play soccer at Unversity of Colorado - Colorado Springs. Kamiakin's Joe Hunt will continue his football career at Eastern Washington University.

"It's exciting. I was nervous showing up today just because I was making it official and I was shaking signing my name. It's exciting to know that it's official," Johnson said.

"Just the people and how friendly they were. As soon as I got there they acted like family, like they were my older brothers and good role models. I also like the coaches," Richards said.

"I played for Dave Baty, the coach for Blue Mountain my 16's year at Columbia. I really wanted to play for him again and get another chance to play for him," added McIntyre.

"It feels amazing. I am so ready for the commitment and I can't wait to play in college and keep improving and being the best person I can be while playing soccer," said Baddley, who also runs track at Hanford.

"Eastern was one of the first schools to look at me. I really like the people up there, the coaches, the environment and the red turf the inferno," said Hunt, who also plays basketball at Kamiakin.