Five Wood River High School student athletes active in football, basketball, cross country, and track and field recently signed letters-of-intent to play college sports next year.
Grace Gorham, Kenya Schott, Parker Bingham, Cody Carter and Rory Cole signified their intent to continue their athletic pursuits in college.
Grace Gorham, a daughter of John and Gretchen Gorham, is planning to run track and cross country for Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is competing today in the 3200-meter distance run at the State 4A meet in Boise.
Kenya Schott, daughter of Gary and Cindy Schott, has been a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and track and field for the Wolverines. She bounced back from a knee injury suffered last fall in soccer to compete in distance events for coach Monte Brothwell this spring. She’s committed to Whitman College in walla Walla, Wa.
Brothwell said about Gorham and Schott, “They are great athletes and I’m so proud to see them progress to state quality athletes. I felt bad that Kenya got injured and she will probably need another month to get back to competition level. I’m sad to see them go.
“Most coaches when they have athletes this long have a hard time when they graduate. We know they’ll move on to their next chapter in life and hope we’ve instilled a good work ethic in them. They will do well.”
Parker Bingham, a son of Kerry and Corinne Bingham, is planning to play football for the Carroll College (Mt.) Fighting Saints in Helena. The 6-2, 290-pounder was a first-team Great Basin Conference offensive lineman and second-team Idaho Statesman All-State line selection for coach Kevin Stilling.
Not only that, Bingham was a key player for the boys’ varsity basketball team of coach Andy Miles that posted Wood River’s first winning record in 23 years. Miles said, “Parker was the glue of the whole team. He brought everyone together.”
Rory Cole, daughter of Dwight and Holly Cole, plans to attend Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University, one of the leading research universities. This year’s Wood River co-valedictorian, Rory will study biochemistry and Spanish while playing basketball for the Blue Jays, an NCAA Division 3 Centennial Conference team.
Her long-term plans include medical school and volunteering with the Peace Corps.
Cole was a four-year varsity member and starter of the Wood River soccer and basketball teams. She has been a captain of the teams the last three years. Her senior year of basketball Cole scored 227 points and grabbed 210 rebounds, averaging 9.4 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game.
Wood River varsity coach Matt Newhouse said, “Rory Cole embodies the true epitome of a student athlete. At WRHS she took and mastered the most difficult curriculum in our school. As an athlete she has modeled exemplary leadership and determination returning from two ACL injuries to compete at a very high level.”
Rory said, “I’ve worked my entire academic career to be accepted into a school like Johns Hopkins—it is a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity and I am so excited. I have been so fortunate to play with my teams in the Wood River Valley.
“I would not have the opportunity to be playing for the Blue Jays without the high school coaching staff. Every one of them has helped me with different aspects of my game and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn under so many of them.”
Cody Carter, son of Scott and Holly Carter, has agreed to play basketball for and attend NCAA Division 3 Cornell College in Mt. Vernon Iowa. The Rams are members of the Midwest Conference.
Carter has been Hailey’s top scorer the past two years and graduated as the school’s seventh-leading all-time scorer. He led Wood River’s hoops resurgence and was recruited by and offered academic and athletic scholarships to six colleges.
A post-season basketball All-Star, Carter led the 2014-15 Wolverines in points, rebounds and minutes played. He maintains a 3.4 GPA and has been active in the community via Idaho Drug Free Youth. At college he will focus on Kinesiology and either Psychology or some additional concentration.
Cornell Rams seventh-year head coach Chad Murray said, “Cody is a person of high character from a quality family. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have secured his commitment to our program.”
Wood River coach Miles added about Carter, “Cornell College has found a hidden gem in Cody. He will be a great addition to their program not only as a basketball player but also as a person. It was an honor and a privilege to coach Cody and to see him grow into the young man he is today.”