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Fronimos, Hotch to play JC football

Posted: April 19, 2011 - 10:29pm

Coach Bill Byouer and the Thunder Mountain High School football program continue to send its seniors to the next level.

Cameron Fronimos and Ben Hotch are the third and fourth players in Falcons’ history to commit to play football in college after committing to the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif.

“College of the Siskiyous has a good program that’s getting kids out into scholarships at bigger colleges after their two-year stint there,” Byouer said. “So it’s a smart, economical thing right now.

“Both guys want to move on past the JC level,” he continued. “The key thing here is education, though.”

Byouer also said Josh Jones will visit Presentation College in May, and thinks there’s a good chance Jones will commit to play football there along with his former high school teammates Tyrel Kramp and Jesse Conrad.

Byouer said Presentation has been an attractive place for his former players.

“It’s the environment. I know the kids going to Presentation are really enjoying the fact they’re starting a new program,” he said. “They like that idea of being part of history like they were here at Thunder Mountain High School.”

Out of the 13 seniors on last year’s high school team, Byouer said 11 will attend college or enter the Navy.

“One of the things I wanted was to move these kids out and get them into different schools, to promote that in their heads,” Byouer said. “So far it’s working.”

Byouer also said former Thunder Mountain standout Cody Grussendorf is transferring from College of the Redwoods to Northern Arizona University, where he will get an opportunity to work out with the basketball team this summer in hopes of playing there later in the year.

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