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Five Manhattan High athletes sign in late spring

By Grant Guggisberg

As the athletic year closes at Manhattan High, five more athletes have signed letters of intent to play intercollegiate sports.

The five spring signings give Manhattan 23 for the year.

Two wrestlers, Jase Stone and Dallas Vesta signed this spring. Vesta’s decision was mostly predetermined, as he will join the program at Neosho County Community College where his brother, Jeff, most recently starred. Stone’s decision came later, signing with William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stone is a 100-match winner for the Indians.

Also signing in the spring were Kenzie Denver, who signed to play volleyball at Manhattan Christian College and Brandon Velez, who will go to Fort Scott Community College to play football.

Denver played at outside hitter for the Indians this year and was one of seven seniors on the roster that ended its season with a tough loss to Junction City at sub-state.

Velez was a part of a formidable defensive line for the Manhattan High football team. He joins fellow defensive linemen Chance Drake and Chris Hudgins as 2013 signees.

The final signing was Jake Holloway, who made the decision to go to Fort Hays State after football season, but hadn’t signed.

Holloway, who served as quarterback for the Indians in the fall, most recently took third in Class 6A in the javelin at state track, and could end up joining the track and field team at Fort Hays in addition to playing football.

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