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Brighton elite athletes sign for the next level

Dec 01, 2023 09:06AM ● By Jerry S Christensen

Early season college signing day at Brighton. From left to right: JT Anderson, Mason Fray, Lundyn VanderToolen, Tate Hales, Braxton Biesinger. (Photo Jan Moncur)

Brighton athletics produces another crop of college-bound student athletes as five signed the letters of intent in November. 

“While we will have two more signing days later in February and May, this early group of college commits speaks volumes about the opportunities and athletic programs at Brighton” said Brighton Athletic Director Garrett Wilson. 

JT Anderson commits Haverford College to play lacrosse. 

Mason Fray commits to Westminster University to play lacrosse. 

Lundyn VanderToolen commits to Utah State University to compete in gymnastics. 

Tate Hales commits to Utah Valley University to play lacrosse. 

Braxton Biesinger commits to College of Southern Idaho to play baseball. 

“Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about,” VanderToolen said. “My journey had its ups and downs but it was my journey. Looking back I see God’s hand in all of it. I am going to the perfect school for me. They appreciate my journey, believe in me and see my true value and potential. They love me for me. I’m so blessed.” 

VanderToolen was also recruited by Georgia, Ohio State, Washington, Univ. of  Illinois, Utah State, SUU, BYU, ASU among others. In 2017 she was nominated for International Gymnast Magazine JO Gymnast of the Year. Hundreds of aspiring gymnasts were nominated, but VanderToolen won this honor. She has competed at the National Championship for three years. λ