Fryer twins go their separate ways

Their 18th birthday turned out to very happy indeed for the Fryer twins Neil and Lindsey.

On Thursday afternoon, in front of family, friends, coaches and Central Kitsap High administrators, the Fryers signed their letters of intent to play at the collegiate level.

Both are headed out of state with Neil accepting a full-ride basketball scholarship to start at Eastern Oregon University and Lindsey taking a nearly full athletic/academic scholarship package to Northwest Nazarene University to be a middle hitter on the volleyball team.

“They’ve worked so hard for this,” said their mom Candy. “I wanted them to go where they’ll be happy, get good educations and play sports.”

The two schools aren’t that far apart, dad Tim says its about a two-hour drive between the Eastern Oregon campus in La Grand, Ore. and Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho.

“That’s enough space but it’s still close enough that we can go support each other,” said Lindsey, who is pondering getting her degree in pre-physical therapy. She said what attracted her to the school was new coach Jared Sliger who promised the two-time Bridge Division MVP a starting position, the Christian environment and small class sizes.

The NCAA Division II Crusaders were 14-11 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Neil, a standout for the Cougars in his three years on the varsity roster, said his emphasis is on getting his major in business administration, not just basketball.

“I liked how they treated me and they understood that I was interested in an education,” said the 6-4 wing. “They’re excited about my size and strength.”

The Mountaineers are rebuilding behind new coach Ryan Looney after a 4-22 record last season in the NAIA’s Cascade Collegiate Conference.

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