Nathan Kunz had received a scholarship to play college football at NAIA Montana Tech after a standout career at Columbia River High School in Clark County, Wash., but after suffering his third concussion in March, Kunz decided the 2018 Freedom Bowl Classic will be his last competitive game.
Citing recent high profile stories like that of Washington State University backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who had suffered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) before his suicide, Kunz said it's time for him to move on with his life. Kunz will attend Brigham Young University in the fall and hopes to study radiology.
Scotty Hoa (left) lands a punch on Jake Smitty (right) during a Jr. Welterweight King of the Cage fight at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City on Saturday, May 27.
Pullman Pitcher Brody Yarnell (21) dives to cover home plate during a home game against a Chewelah, Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Quan Field in Pullman, Wash.
A Moscow baserunner loses his race to home plate against a ball thrown from third base during a 2015 summer game at home in Moscow, Idaho.
Junior Jaydn Spangler (left) wraps his arm around the shoulder of Sophomore Connor Marchant (right) as the Toledo Boomers try to release stress before their 2018 playoff game against Lost River on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The Washington State Cougars celebrate their final home victory of the 2015 season.
An Arizona State golfer drives from a hill during the 2015 Pac-12 Golf Championship at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman, Wash.
An Oregon high jumper clears his mark during the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at the Moobery Track & Field Complex in Pullman, Wash.
A UCLA athlete completes his discusses throw at the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Mooberry Track & Field Complex in Pullman, Wash.
Stanford Sophomore Maverick McNealy celebrates with his team after winning the individual portion of the 2015 Pac-12 Golf Championship at Washington State University by shooting a final round of 61 (9 under), tying a Stanford single-round record held by Tiger Woods and Cameron Wilson.
Skateboarder Matt Rudstrom rides the side of a pipe while practicing at Kirtsis Skatepark in Lincoln City on Monday, April 3.
Sophomore cornerback Daquawn Brown (right) flips Portland State senior wide receiver Kasey Closs end-over-end during a tackle in Martin Stadium. The Cougars would go on to defeat Portland State 59-21.
Gonzaga senior Byron Wesley fights to recover a rebound against Cal Poly during the 2015 Battle in Seattle.
The Siletz Warriors lacrosse team runs offensive drills in the rain during an April 2017 practice.
Competitors paddle out during the 2016 Agate Beach Surf Classic in Newport, Ore.
A competitor at the 2016 Challenge of Champions rodeo fights to stay on his bull during the Lincoln County Fair in Newport.