Five Immanuel High athletes sign with colleges

Three female, two male athletes recruited to play at the next level, both near and far

Five Immanuel High student-athletes signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers collegiately during a May 1 program at the high school. From left are Bailey Krause (soccer), Ryan Hoenig (baseball), Mia Jones (track and field), Nicolas Coleman (football) and Sarah Larger (track, cross country). (Julie Torres)
Jon Earnest
Published May 21, 2024  • 
4:00 pm

REEDLEY – Five graduating seniors from Immanuel High School will take their athletic and academic talents to the next level at an array of small colleges and universities. They signed ceremonial letters of intent in a May 1 ceremony at the high school.

The signees are Bailey Krause (soccer), Corban University in Salem, Ore.; Ryan Hoenig (baseball), Bluefield University in Virginia; Mia Jones (track and field), Fresno Pacific University; Nicolas Coleman (football), Willamette University, Oregon; and Sarah Larger (track, cross country), Stanislaus State University.

The student-athletes were joined at the ceremony by their respective coaches and immediate family members.

Here are brief athletic bios on each student-athlete, listed in alphabetical order.

Nicolas Coieman

Two-sport standout Nicolas Coleman was recruited for football by the Division III Bearcats of the Northwest Conference, consisting of programs in Oregon and Washington.

Coleman played on both sides of the ball for the Eagles and served as team captain for the 5-6 Eagles. Playing fullback-tight end and linebacker for the team, he caught 11 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 41 yards and another score. Defensively, he had 51 total tackles, three for loss, and one quarterback sack.

Coleman also starred in baseball for Immanuel, leading the team this spring with a .468 batting average and going 7-3 as a pitcher.

Ryan Hoenig

Pitcher Ryan Hoenig went 4-1 with a 3.79 earned run average and 31 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work for Immanuel in 2024. The righthander played two full varsity seasons, posting a combined 5-2 record with a 3.52 ERA.

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school Bluefield University is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference, and went 21-24 last season while dropping two of three games in the conference tournament. 

Mia Jones

Sprinter-jumper Mia Jones just completed a strong senior season at the Central Section Masters meet for the Eagles, finishing eighth in the long jump with a personal record jump of 17 feet, 4.25 inches.

Jones won the Tri-County Conference title in the long jump and 300 meter hurdles, placing second at the Division V section meet in the latter event and third in the long jump.

Fresno Pacific competes in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference, and had three individual winners in its recent conference meet. The school is a collegiate pipeline for a number of Immanuel High products. 

Bailey Krause

Soccer standout Bailey Krause was the captain of the Eagles’ girls soccer program, and finished with three-year career totals of seven goals and nine assists in 30 games played. Her soccer experience includes a stint with the University 19 Southern California Odyssey Soccer Club.

Krause also competed in track and field for Immanuel, placing second in the discus and 10th in the shot put at the section Division IV meet this spring.

NAIA Division II member Corban University went 9-6-4 last fall, dropping its lone match in the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament.

Sarah Larger

Runner Sarah Larger has been a key contributor to the Eagles’ recent championship success in cross country. She posted a personal record time of 19 minutes, 49 seconds over 5,000 meters to place 39th out of 197 runners at the CIF State Division V meet. Also, she was 10th at the section meet for the D-V champion Eagles.

In track, Larger turned in three fifth place finishes at the recent section Division IV meet; in the 800, 1600 and 3200. Last week, she was a member of the 4×800 meter relay team that finished in fourth place at the Section Masters meet in Clovis.

Stanislaus State competes in NCAA Division II, and the Turlock school has two runners this week making bids to become the 54th and 55th All-Americans in the women’s program’s history.

Jon Earnest
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