Manhattan High senior Athen Martinez made his college choice official last week, signing a letter of intent with Sterling College to play baseball in a ceremony at Manhattan High’s West Campus.
Martinez said his visit to Sterling put the Warriors at the top of his list of schools.
“The visit and the talk with the coaches, were the things that put them ahead of everyone else,” he said. “I visited Ottawa and I was talking with Hutchinson Community College’s coach.”
While baseball is his sport of choice, he is currently running track for head coach Jesse Woodard to stay in shape before the summer baseball season gets underway. An unusually large number of talented seniors for Manhattan, which is ranked No. 5 in Class 6A, left Martinez without a spot on the varsity baseball team.
“At first it was more of a thing to stay in shape for summer ball in hopes of pursuing college opportunities,” he said.
Martinez runs sprints for the Manhattan boys’ track and field team, which is also having a solid spring season.
Sterling recruited Martinez to play outfield, which is where he played last summer for the American Legion Manhattan Manko senior 17ers.