Four Grizzlies join Chukars

Four members of the Fruitland girls soccer team, from left, Celeena Cisneros, Josie Lasnick, Claire Farmer and Kelsi Capps, signed their letters of intent to play soccer at Treasure Valley Community College on April 25. Farmer will also be joining the tennis team at TVCC.

It was a big signing day at Fruitland High School Thursday afternoon as four Fruitland girls signed their letters of intent to compete at Treasure Valley Community College.

Claire Farmer, Josie Lasnick, Celeena Cisneros and Kelsi Capps will all be joining the Chukars’ women’s soccer team. Farmer will also be joining the tennis team at TVCC.

For Farmer, going to TVCC was a no-brainer as being a Chukar has become part of the family. She will be the fourth Farmer to play tennis at TVCC.

“All of my siblings were there and played and they loved it,” Farmer said. “They really set the example there.”

Capps said the chance to keep playing soccer was too good to pass up.

“I like playing sports and thought it would be fun,” Capps said. “I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me.”

Lasnick mirrored Capps’ sentiment.

“I want to play soccer, it’s a good opportunity,” she said.

Cisneros said staying close to home was a big deal for her in choosing the Chukars.

“Being closer to home and getting the opportunity to stay with my best friends,” she said.

Of course, going as a group means the Fruitland seniors will be entering a team among friends.

“I’m really excited,” Farmer said. “I’ve played soccer with them before and we’re all such good friends.”

All four of the future Chukars said they are planning to study nursing.

The Fruitland signing is another in coach Max Sampson’s quest to get more local talents to play at TVCC.

“We want to give opportunities for local athletes to play,” Sampson said before the signing.

On the 2018 roster, the Chukars had three local athletes: Krystal Benitez (Payette), Brenda Trejo (Ontario) and Esmeralda Montoya (Ontario). On top of the four Fruitland signees, the 2019 class has Cynthia Gonzalez (Nyssa) and Lizzy Reyes (Ontario).

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