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Sandpoint’s Jett Longanecker commits to College of Idaho

by MAX OSWALD
Sports Reporter | February 23, 2024 11:00 AM

SANDPOINT — Jett Longanecker, one of the best boys soccer players to come through Sandpoint, made it official Friday — he’s going to be a Yote.

“I want to say thank you to my friends, family, coaches, and all of the teachers I have had along the way,” Longanecker said. “I’m excited to get started on this new chapter of my career.”

Longanecker has a long list of accolades that he has racked up during his time as part of the Sandpoint High boys’ soccer program. This past season, he was named to the 4A All-State First Team, was the 4A Inland Empire League MVP, and is now the SHS all-time assist leader. In addition, he was a team captain in 2021, 2022, and 2023, was voted "Mr. Bulldog" by his teammates in 2020 and 2023, and named the 4A Inland Empire League Newcomer of the Year in 2020.

“Over the last four years, he has proven it can be done,” former Sandpoint High head coach Tanner French said. “I knew the second that he joined the program that he was going to play at the next level. I’m super proud of him — he’s one of the best players I have ever coached. He made my job easy; he made it fun. I’m looking forward to watching him play at the next level and hopefully beyond.”

Beyond Sandpoint, Longanecker competed for North Timbers FC’s Elite Academy League and for the 2022 Idaho State Cup Champions. Longanecker has also posted impressive track and field times in the 1600-meter (4:49) and in the 400-meter (52) during his high school career. Beyond soccer, he was the team captain of the Sandpoint Nordic Race team, and as a part of that team, qualified for the 2021 Nordic Ski U.S. Junior National Championship.

As for the College of Idaho, the Yotes went 12-4-4 last season and were Cascade Conference Champions for the first time since 2003. Head Coach Thomas Baker is enthusiastic about signing Jett to the program.

"I am pleased to sign Jett Longanecker to the 2028 class of the College of Idaho,” Baker said.  “Jett is recognized around the state of Idaho as one of the strongest, most talented players in the region. A player of many positions, we expect him to help lock down the left side of the defense for years to come. He will add to the already growing reputation for the C of I soccer team as we strive to be a force on the national stage in the NAIA.  Jett will be a great addition to the school academically and in the community as well."

    Sandpoint High senior Jett Longanecker signed his letter of intent to play soccer at the College of Idaho on Friday. Pictured, from left, Kai Longanecker, Amy Longanecker, Jett Longanecker, Jameson Longanecker, and Pax Longanecker.