With about 60 people in attendance, including friends, family, coaches and teachers, Bear River’s Justin Beskeen put pen to paper and made it official — he will be a Matador next fall.
Beskeen signed his letter of intent to attend and play volleyball at the California State University, Northridge, Thursday at Bear River High School.
“The team is just a good fit for me,” Beskeen said. “Once I went to Northridge, it just seemed like a good fit for me and my lifestyle.”
Beskeen was also considering UC Irvine.
The senior volleyball and basketball standout said he hopes to compete for a starting position on the Matadors volleyball team as a freshman
“I’m going to try for a starting position, but if I feel like I’m not up to the point I want to be at, the coach has given me the option to red shirt,” Beskeen said. “But I’m going to try and play.”
Beskeen also said he looks forward to playing alongside Nevada Union’s Trevor Bryant, who signed his letter of intent to attend Northridge Wednesday.
“I’ve been playing against Trevor since seventh grade in volleyball, and this last year I played club with him,” Beskeen said. “We’ve become really close. We carpool and hang out at tournaments, so it’s really nice to have someone I know and like down there.”
Beskeen becomes the first Bruins boys volleyball player to receive a scholarship to play at a Division I college, said Bear River Athletic Director Duwaine Ganskie said.
Beskeen will receive a partial scholarship to play for the Matadors.
“It’s nice to not have to worry about where I’m going to college anymore,” Beskeen said. “Now I can focus on my senior year. But there is still a lot of pressure. I still have to go down there and work really hard.”
Robert McNutt, Beskeen’s NCVC club team coach said he believes Beskeen will excel at the next level.
“What will help him at the next level will be his dynamic explosiveness, dynamic play and all the things USA Volleyball talks about, like his big vert,” he said. “He’s a great team player. He feeds well off other players and brings a dynamic level to the game.”
Beskeen’s coach at Bear River, Lance Mansuetti, said with a proud smile he believes that Beskeen will continue to grow and improve as a player at the collegiate level.
Beskeen said he hopes one day to be a high school teacher, and that goal will guide his academic choices throughout college.
To contact Sports Writer Walter Ford, call (530) 477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.