GJ’s Arnold, Adleman sign with Mesa

A pair of Grand Junction High athletes signed letters of intent Thursday during a ceremony at the school to play at Colorado Mesa University.

Kricket Adleman, volleyball, and Ryan Arnold, lacrosse, are staying in the valley.

Adleman said by signing with Mesa she got the size of school to fit her needs as well as her preferred major (animation).

She tore an ACL playing basketball in January, but by July summer camps was rehabilitated and able to play with some of her future Mesa teammates.

“I’m just excited to play with all of them,” Adleman said. “I’ve been around the (Mesa) gym long enough so it will be real comfortable for me.”

Arnold, meanwhile, knew since his sophomore season he wanted to play at Mesa for coach A.J. Stevens.

Stevens was an assistant lacrosse coach for the Tigers that season.

“He’s probably one of my favorite kids I’ve ever coached,” Stevens said. “I don’t have to tell him things twice. He always has a great attitude and he works hard — what more could you want out of a kid? We’re glad to be able to keep him in the valley.”

Arnold said Stevens is the main reason he decided to sign at Mesa.

“He taught me so much in high school — it was incredible,” Arnold said of Stevens. “And I want to keep getting better.”

And who knows? Maybe Arnold can go pro.

“If I got there it would be nice,” Arnold said. “It’s not MLB or NBA or anything, but it would be pretty cool.”


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