Park signing day

Four Ranger athletes commit to play college athletics
Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, December 19, 2019
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Sage McMinn

Lassen Community College

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Sylvie Schoenen

Arizona Christian University

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Abby Kokot

Rocky Mountain College

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Scott Tatum

Midland University

Four Park athletes signed letters of intent on Wednesday to play sports at the next level during signing day at Park High School. 

Family, friends and fellow students gathered in the cafeteria to watch as the students committed to play sports in college.  

Abby Kokot will stay closest to home and play basketball at Rocky Mountain College. 

Kokot said proximity to home was a big part of her decision. 

“Rocky’s close to home, my sister’s already going there,” she said. “Being close to my family is really important to me so I really like being able to travel home when I want. I really like the feel of the college itself because it’s small and I really like that.”

Kokot met with the team already and feels like it’s the right fit.

“The team was really supportive and I could tell that the coaches would be amazing,” she said.

Park Activities Director Nate Parseghian said Kokot’s talent extends beyond the basketball floor. 

“She was a leader for the volleyball team, and she maybe could have opportunities to play volleyball but she’s going to play basketball,” Parseghian said. “(She is) somebody who’s talented in a lot of areas.”

Sage McMinn will play baseball at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California. 

McMinn has been playing baseball with the Bozeman Bucks’ AA team instead of the single-A Livingston Braves. 

McMinn said Lassen and their coaching staff feels like the right fit.  

“(There is) just a great culture, great coach and some warm weather, so that will be nice,” he said

McMinn wants to represent current Park students and be an example of finding new opportunities outside of Montana.

“I just want to represent all the coaches and what they taught me and just hopefully encourage kids to go out to California and hopefully get some scholarship money and play sports out there,” he said. 

Parseghian praised McMinn’s leadership as part of the Park High football team this fall. 

“For what happened with our football program this year, as a senior, he certainly had the opportunity to bow out and step away,” Parseghian said. “But he was a great leader for our football team.”

Sylvie Schoenen committed to play tennis at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix. 

Schoenen said family and better weather drove her to choose ACU.

“I have a lot of family down there and I’m kind of sick of the winters up here,” she said with a grin. “So (I’m) pretty excited to go be able to play all year down there.”

Schoenen said that other Park athletes have opportunities at the next level if they are willing to work for it. 

“It just takes a lot of hard work to get where you want to be,” she said. “It doesn’t matter where you start, it’s where you decide you want to finish.”

Scott Tatum will play baseball at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. 

Tatum said he felt an immediate connection with Midland.

“I was at a fall baseball senior classic in Arizona and they reached out to me and I visited the school and instantly fell in love with it,” he said. “I just loved the (coaching) staff, loved the school and it just was a good fit for me.”

Tatum wants to continue to be a leader at the next level. 

“Just bring the leadership to Midland like I do here, that’s the plan,” he said. “I am a captain of the baseball team and I just hope to expand my friendships and my education.”

Parseghian praised Tatum’s impact on Park High outside of sports. 

“Scott Tatum is an All-Star student,” Parseghian said. “He will be in the student section at a basketball game with a spirit shirt on and he’ll jump in and grab his saxophone and he’s playing in the pep band. If you listen to the morning announcements, he’s doing the morning announcements. He’s kind of the face of our school I feel like.”

Parseghian said Park wants to provide opportunities for all students, regardless of their goals after high school.

“My message to our students is ‘Hey, come here for four years and use this as a way to springboard yourself into what you want to do in the future,’” he said.

Park will hold another signing day in the spring for any athletes that are undecided on their plans at this point.