College of the Redwoods

Towles twins, Cruz commit to play at CR

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By Ray Hamill — Ferndale High’s Towles twins, Bekah and Elizabeth, have committed to play at College of the Redwoods after graduation, benefitting a pair of teams at the local community college.

Elizabeth will play women’s soccer for the Corsairs, while her sister will join head coach Maggie White’s softball program, providing some necessary depth and more.

“We’re really excited about her,” White said of Bekah, who will play catcher and some outfield for the Corsairs. “She’s going to bring a lot to the team. We needed another catcher.”

White also praised the new recruit’s attitude and says she is looking forward to working with her.

“She seems really excited to join us, and she loves softball,” the long-time head coach said. “And any time you have somebody fired up to be on the team, that’s exciting for me.”

Elizabeth, meanwhile, will play soccer for the Corsairs and is the second local recruit to commit to the team in the past month, joining Fortuna senior Gisselle Cruz.

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Submitted photo – Elizabeth Towles in action for Ferndale.

Ferndale did not field a girls soccer team in 2019, but Elizabeth was an all-league selection as a junior and is expected to fit right in on a CR team that was 6-6-4 last season.

“This opportunity is very important to me and my soccer future in moving forward with this exciting part of my life,” she said in a CR press release.

Elizabeth, who was the Wildcat’s team MVP, wants to major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

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Submitted photo – Fortuna’s Gisselle Cruz will play at CR this fall.

Cruz also will join the CR women’s soccer team for 2020, after helping the Huskies to an historic first-ever H-DNL championship in her senior campaign.

“This opportunity means so much to me because I was left unsatisfied (after) my last year of high school,” said Cruz, who battled injuries this past fall. “And I hope to redeem myself … I am looking forward to being a part of a team again and learning once again the importance of being on one.”

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