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SIGNING DAY: Local Athletes Sign on Dotted Line

Central Valley's Austin Rehkow signed a Letter of Intent to play for the Idaho Vandals next season (Photo: SWX) Central Valley's Austin Rehkow signed a Letter of Intent to play for the Idaho Vandals next season (Photo: SWX)
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He stole the national spotlight last fall when he kicked a 67-yard field goal, and on Wednesday Austin Rehkow said he would be playing college football at the University of Idaho next season.

Rehkow, from Central Valley High School, signed a Letter of Intent alongside a handful of other athletes at his school Wednesday morning.

"I'm excited to go play for coach Petrino, and I'm looking forward to hopefully turning that program around and having a successful career down there," Rehkow told SWX.

Another high-profile recruit from Spokane, Danny Mattingly, committed to the University of Oregon after first verbally committing to Notre Dame. The Mead linebacker decided to stick with the Ducks, even though the coach that recruited him, Chip Kelly, decided to leave the program for the NFL.

"I was really disappointed when Coach Kelly left, but… they're keeping the rest of their staff, a lot of the great guys are still saying and a lot of the other recruits are still staying too,
said Mattingly. "I'm going to be around a lot of good guys and it's going to be a great four years." 

Below is a list of Spokane area and North Idaho athletes who have committed to collegiate programs.


  • Austin Rehkow (K, Central Valley) to Univ. of Idaho
  • Danny Mattingly (LB, Mead) to Oregon
  • Jake Hoffman (WR/DB, North Central) to Eastern Washington
  • Chase Collins (OL, Mead) to Idaho State
  • Jeremiah Hazard (LB, Coeur d'Alene) to Idaho State
  • Gunnar Kayser (Mead) to Montana Tech
  • Langston Ward (Mead) to Harvard 


  • Paige Gallaway (Central Valley) - to EWU
  • Natalie Middleton (Central Valley) - to NIC
  • Laci Rennaker  (Central Valley) - to EWU
  • Katie Weisbeck (Central Valley) - to Central Washington
  • Brianna Sillivan (North Central) - to Bellevue CC
  • Daryian Johnson (Ferris) - to Western Oregon
  • Madison Payne (Gonzaga Prep) - to Humboldt State
  • Jessica Geibel (Gonzaga Prep) - to Carroll
  • Sydney Batkoff (Gonzaga Prep) - to Carroll
  • Riley Richardsson (Mt. Spokane) - to Grand Canyon
  • Alyssa Lloyd (Mt. Spokane) - to Idaho
  • Megan Pagano (Sandpoint) - to NIC 


  • Bailey Bergdahll (Central Valley) - to Wenatchee Valley
  • Emily Lynn Ebaugh (North Central) - to Bloomfield College
  • Dara Kolar (Post Falls) - to Idaho State


  • Trevor Tomlinson (Central Valley) - to Northern State University
  • Dan Whittaker (North Central) - to Portland

Cross County & Track

  • Katie Knight (North Central) to Univ. of Washington
  • Sanne Holland (Cheney)  to Colorado State
  • Damon Unland (Ferris) to Wyoming
  • Travis Thorne (Ferris) to Arizona
  • Courtney Hutchinson (Mead) to Iowa State
  • Brooklin Young (Mt. Spokane) to Taylor
  • Kendra Weitz (Shadle Park) to Lipscomb
  • Andrew Gardner (Mead) to the Airforce Academy


  • Hannah Zalopany (Mead) to Hawaii
  • Taylor Ellingsen (Mead) to WSU
  • Paige Montgomery (Mead) to Carroll
  • Natalie Kassa (Mead) to Carroll
  • Sierra Crook (Mead) to Adelphi


  • Jade Redmon (Mead) to EWU
  • Mackenzie McPhee (Mead) to Regis
  • Matt Hammond (Post Falls) to Grinnell
  • Dani Failor (Post Falls) to Army West Point
  • Hallie Gennett (Post Falls) to Sacramento State
  • Kionte Brown (Shadle Park) to Whitworth
  • Kaycee Hert (Shadle Park) to Regis
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