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The Student News Site of Shadow Ridge High School

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Coloma’s Commitment

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Courtesy of Coen Coloma
Coen Coloma has decided to commit to Southern Oregon University to expand his academic and athletic career.

Graduation is approaching fast for the Senior Class of 2024, and many of these seniors happen to be student-athletes. Those who want to continue their academic and athletic careers are working to make their dreams a reality. Senior Coen Coloma, a varsity member of Shadow Ridge’s football team, has decided to commit to Southern Oregon University.

Coloma explains, “The reason I chose to further my academic and athletic career at Southern Oregon University is because of the culture they have built surrounding the football team. Starting with the amazing coaching staff that made me feel like I would be a constant contributor to the team, to the players that welcomed me as a recruit and gave me insight into what being a Red Raider would be like.”

Coloma has played football all throughout high school, so committing to a college and continuing to play has definitely been a dream of his for a very long time. 

“After committing it made me relieved and excited at the same time. Relieved because the recruiting process for playing collegiate football is extremely stressful, but excited because I get to begin preparing for a new chapter of my life.”

Coloma in his new “Red Raider” gear.

Both of my parents inspire me more than any other 2 people in the world because of how hard they work for themselves and to provide for me and my siblings. I wouldn’t be in the position I am or have all of the opportunities that I have today without them. I am forever grateful for them.

— Coen Coloma

Collegiate football is definitely a change from playing in high school, but Coloma has worked very hard to be in the position he is now. The countless hours of practice, training, and time spent at games has set him up for success. This new challenge is definitely more of a reward for him. 

“The highlight of playing football is the lifelong friendships and the lifelong lessons I have made and learned from the game. My past, current, and future teammates are all people that make a huge impact on me and how I go about my life. The lessons this game has taught me are also lessons that I try to apply to my everyday life.” 

Coloma’s commitment to Southern Oregon University will allow him to further his football career to a new level. Coloma will get the chance to make more memories doing what he loves around the people he loves. 

“My favorite football memory was my sophomore year in the semi-final playoffs gave versus Las Vegas HS where we had a comeback win, I scored 3 touchdowns and we would advance to play in Allegiant Stadium in the State Championship Game.”

Staying both motivated and disciplined throughout high school allowed Coloma to have opportunities that others only dream of. He is very happy with his decision and cannot wait to see what college has to offer him. 

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Lena Harris, Co-Editor in Chief
Lena Harris is a junior at Shadow Ridge High School. In her free time she loves to write, read, hangout with her friends, workout, swim, and listen to all kinds of music. Although she won't admit it she spends a lot of her time on TikTok. She's very excited and can't wait for her third year of Track and Field this upcoming spring. Lena is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Lariat and is super excited to write great articles in journalism this year.
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