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Leigh Hedges latest Fort St. John soccer player to advance to college

Leigh Hedges is the latest Fort St. John soccer star to advance her career to the college level.

Leigh Hedges is the latest Fort St. John soccer star to advance her career to the college level.

The North Peace Secondary grad is joining the Wolves women's soccer team at Grande Prairie Regional College for the 2019-20 season, and starts her bachelor of science degree, the college announced on July 8.

Hedges brings with her a ton of experience, including playing in her B.C. AAA High School Provincials for the last three seasons. Hedges also brought home bronze from the Tier 2 Indoor Provincials, the college said.

“I am looking forward to expanding my mindset, growing as a player and as a team as well. I really liked Coach Morgan’s enthusiasm for the game," Hedges said in a statement.

Hedges joins her fellow NPSS teammate and MVP Emma Close in Grande Prairie. Close will also start her bachelor of science degree, in nursing.

“I am thankful GPRC is close to home, with the program I am interested in and has a great soccer program," Close said.

The NPSS senior girls team has at least seven girls moving on to play soccer at the next level. Teagan Clement has signed on to Red Deer College, and Kenzie Chilcott and Claire Turner have both signed on to University of Northern B.C.

The college also announced that Alex Fowler is joining its men's soccer team. Fowler, a former Northern Striker, graduated from the Grande Prairie Soccer Academy, and will start his bachelor of arts degree, the college noted.

“I feel like GPRC is a very good choice for my future both academically and athletically," Fowler said.

"I believe that Chris Morgan is an excellent coach that will provide me with the expertise I need to better my athletic future. I am very excited to be playing another season with some of my teammates from the Academy.”

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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Emma Close has committed to the GPRC Wolves for the 2019-20 season. - GPRC Athletics
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Alex Fowler has committed to the GPRC Wolves for the 2019-20 season. - GPRC Athletics