ARVADA - Two is always better than one and the Western State football program agrees.
That is why the university inked scholarships for twin brothers Zach and Zayne Anderson. The pair from Pomona will both be able to continue their football careers together in Gunnison starting next season.
“These are two very mentally tough and very hard working kids who were a big part of the success that Pomona football has enjoyed. We are very proud of them and we are sure they are going to go on and do great things,” said Pomona athletic director Mike Santarelli.
Zayne is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker, and Zach is a 6-foot, 230-pound defensive tackle. But bigger isn’t better, just ask Zach.
The two may be brothers, but they are also each other’s biggest competition. Whether it is snowboarding, fishing or football, these two are endlessly competitive against each other.
“I am the better snowboarder but Zach is the better fisherman,” Zayne joked.
Confident but not cocky, the determined brothers always knew they were on to bigger and better things.
“Ever since we were little we would sit together and watch college football games and we just knew someday we would be playing too,” Zach said.
The following is a list of local athletes provided by the schools who signed letters of intent on National Signing Day last Wednesday:
Arvada: Taylor Vaughn, football, CSU-Pueblo; Garet Krohn, wrestling, Stanford.
Bear Creek: Jake Bennett, football, CSU; Dana Lubieniecki and Amanda Perri, soccer, Montana State; Morgan Stanton, soccer, Santa Clara.
D’Evelyn: Laura Tyree, basketball, Colorado School of Mines, Austin Balbin, football, Harding; Brandon Morrison, football, Western State; Connor Skelton, football, Augustana; Dante Martinez, football, Hastings; Mate Sylvester, baseball, Utah Valley; Luke Stratman, baseball, Washington State; Cody Marvel, baseball, Colorado School of Mines; Madison Hall, soccer, Portland.
Golden: Dakota Gulley, football, Fort Hays.
Lakewood: Taylor Knestis, football, Wyoming; James Riddle, football, Northern Colorado; Derek Landis, football, Sioux Falls; Luke Niko, football, Adams State; Wade Scadden, football, Colorado Mesa; Robert Valdez, football, Western State; George Coughlin, baseball, Naval Academy; Maggie Steward, lacrosse, Regis; Danica Evans, soccer, Portland; Tori Papke, swimming, Idaho; Lauren Burndale, Track, Penn; Maddie Ivy, track, Creighton; Lauren Santi, track, Princeton.
Jefferson: Aaron Cisneros, wrestling, Northern Colorado.
Pomona: Mitch Colin, football, CSU-Pueblo; Kadeem Ahmad, baseball, Northeastern J.C.; Jordan McCoy, soccer, Concordia; Eduardo Belmar, soccer, Regis; Hayden Berg, swimming, Evansville.
Ralston Valley: Jennifer Adams, lacrosse, Aquinas College; Jordan Anderson, football, CSU-Pueblo; Pete Aplet, lacrosse, Denver University; Jakob Buys, football, CSU; Justin Buys, football, Colorado Mesa University; Rebecca Fallon, softball, Colorado School of Mines; Josh Kaufling, lacrosse, Notre Dame De Namur; Kristen Lenahan, soccer, Concordia University; Dillon McTague, baseball, New Mexico Military Institute; Hunter Price, football, Lafayette College; Karli Rich, volleyball, Johnson and Wales University; Nicole Schafer, lacrosse, Adams State; Daniel Skipper, football, University of Arkansas; Giulianna Vessa, track, United States Air Force Academy; Lauren Yowell, basketball, Black Hills State University.
Wheat Ridge: Pete Aplet, lacrosse, Denver; Josh Kaufling, lacrosse, Notre Dame de Namur; Katelin Blosser, soccer, Nebraska Wesleyan; Carly Manahan, soccer, Mount Marty College.