It was quite the day of celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 7, as Puyallup Tribal member Tristyn Gese signed his letter of intent to attend and play football at Western Oregon University. The stud tight end and linebacker helped lead Bethel High School to the 3A state tournament this fall, finishing with a 9-2 record. Gese hauled in 42 passes for 602 yards and five touchdowns.
After playing quarterback for nine years, Gese decided to switch to tight end in the off-season, and the decision paid off with a five-win improvement for Bethel, and a four-year ticket to play football in Monmouth, Oregon. “He’s always been a team player,” said Tristyn Gese’s mother, Bettina Gord Gese. “This shows what anyone can do with hard work, dedication and determination.”
Gese was second-team 3A PCL, TNT All-Area and received Honorable Mention All-State. He is expected to move from tight-end to the slot receiver position for the Wolves.