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Sakuma Signs With Dordt Soccer & Basketball

February 19, 2014

Natalie Sakuma, a senior at Mount Vernon Christian, recently announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender soccer and basketball programs.

Sakuma is 5'5" and competes as a midfielder or forward on the soccer pitch while filling the point guard position on the basketball court for the Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes.

Sakuma is a two year varsity starter and captain in soccer, scoring 30 goals and adding nine assists in 2012 while netting 28 goals in 2013.  In 2012, Sakuma was named the Co-Player of the Year for Northwest 1A/2B League, was First Team All-State, First Team All-League and received the Seattle Times Player of the Week. In 2013, Sakuma was named Second Team All-State and First Team All-League.

On the hardwood, Sakuma has played in 84 high school games, scoring 626 points, dishing out 254 assists and snagging 158 steals. Sakuma recently helped keep Mount Vernon Christian's season alive, guiding the Hurricanes to a District Championship and the senior guard has 199 points, 86 assists and 56 steals so far this year.  The Hurricanes made it to the bi-district semifinals in 2010-2011 and were district qualifiers, tri-district qualifiers and state qualifiers in 2012-2013.  Sakuma was named Second Team All-League in 2012.

Sakuma is an honor student at Mount Vernon Christian and Jeff Droog (Principal and basketball coach) states, "Natalie was a major leader in resurrecting our girls soccer program.  She took a leadership role this season with a new coach and many new players.  She is an extremely hard worker who not only expresses a desire to compete well, she also does the work in the season and off in order to achieve those results.  She is a great young woman of faith and a great teammate."

Natalie is the daughter of Bryan and Barb Sakuma of Bow, Washington and she is currently undecided on her major.

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. Dordt’s athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).

U.S. News & World Report, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,400 students.

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