Wilson-Premo signs NLI to Doane College

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 17, 2014 

Adaeus Wilson-Premo was given an offer he couldn't resist.

The senior boys' wrestler from Ferndale knew his financial situation would largely dictate where he went to college, but not even he expected the level of support he'd receive given his lack of wrestling experience.

With only three years of competitive experience to pull from to go along with two state appearances, Wilson-Premo was offered a partial scholarship to wrestle for Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, an NAIA school.

"No other school offered me any type of scholarship," he said in a phone interview. "This school took a gamble on me. I just like how they took a gamble with me."

Doane, which Wilson-Premo said typically runs about $33,000 for tuition each year, is paying nearly $17,000 of his portion annually. That was a big factor in choosing the program.

The program's in just its second year, which caught Wilson-Premo's intrigue. He wanted to be at the start of something, and Wilson-Premo said he gravitated to the coach, Tyson Springer.

"It seemed like he wanted to get me out there," he said. "They offered me a really large scholarship."

Wilson-Premo, who wrestled out of the 126-pound weight class, finished just shy of placing at the Class 3A state tournament for the second straight year, but he did earn All-Whatcom County honorable mention honors for the season he put together for Ferndale.

Wilson-Premo plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice, with the possibility of doubling in philosophy.

"I know it's time to start moving on to bigger and more important things," he said.

The Doane Tigers' men's wrestling team finished 1-16 in duel matches this past season. In the heart of rebuilding, the program was revived after being cut in the 1970s.

STATE TENNIS REMAINS SAME

The Class 1B/2B/1A state tennis tournaments will be played at the Yakima Tennis Club as originally scheduled.

The tournaments will be held May 30-31, although everything has the potential to be rescheduled if the outdoor courts are unplayable. If so, a new schedule will be produced to have the tournament played on just the indoor courts.

TENNIS SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED

The Bellingham Tennis Club is offering four tennis scholarships for local high school sophomores, juniors and seniors valued at $2,839 per athlete.

The application deadline is June 10, and the scholarship also includes a one-year tennis membership, a tennis camp, 12 semi-private lessons, two free seven-week tennis clinics and free entry into the Bellingham Tennis Club tennis tournaments. The applications can be found at www.bellinghamtennis.com, with the winners being announced June 16.

LYNDEN BASKETBALL CAMP HELD

A boys' basketball camp is being held June 23-25 at Lynden High School for children between fourth and ninth grade. The grades refer to the 2014-15 school year.

Brian Roper, the boys' basketball coach at Lynden, will be running the three-day long camp, which starts each morning at 9 a.m. and runs through noon.

Cost is $50 per athlete, $75 for a pair of brothers and $30 for ninth graders, with t-shirts and a rubber basketball being included in the cost. Pre-registration is take up to June 10, with all children being asked to bring basketball shoes, t-shirts and shorts.

For more information, email Roper at roperb@lynden.wednet.edu or call his number at Lynden High School, 360-354-4401.

Reach Alex Bigelow at alex.bigelow@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-715-2238. Follow @bhamsports on Twitter for other Whatcom County sports updates.

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