The SGV girls signees talk with the Inland Insider about their decisions.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
National signing day came and went, but the smiles, hard work and commitment it took for athletes to realize their dreams will last a lifetime.
For Bishop Amat baseball standout Rio Ruiz who signed a national letter of intent to play at USC, and South Hills’ Britney Rodriguez, who signed to play softball at UCLA, it was a chance to fulfill a verbal commitment they made after their freshman year.
“It’s a big relief knowing all the pressure is gone and it’s actually official now,” Rodriguez said. “It feels great knowing I’m going to a competitive school academically and athletically.” For Damien basketball standout Chris Reyes, it was a day to finally realize his dream of playing Division I basketball by signing with the University of St. Mary’s, and for La Verne Lutheran standout and reigning boys basketball player of the year Grant Jerrett, a day to soak it in a little longer, opting to make his decision official on Monday when he signs with the University of Arizona. (To continue, click thread).
The boys signees talk with Tom about their college choice.
2011 SIGNEES: TOP ROW: Brianna Kennedy (Bonita, Loyola Marymount), Chris Reyes (Damien, St. Mary’s), Jason Haney (Damien, Virginia Tech), Joe Munoz (Los Altos, San Diego State), Nick Hynes (Covina, Arizona)
TOP ROW TW0: Amber Stewart (Bonita, UC Irvine), Hanna Lancaster (St.Lucy’s, UC Irvine), Erika Williams (Diamond Ranch, CS Bakersfield),Chelsea Barnes (Diamond Ranch, Loyola Marymount), Rio Ruiz (BishopAmat, USC), Victoria Dennis (Bonita, UC Irvine), Vahn Bozian (Ayala,USC), Nick Hynes (Covina, Arizona).
TOP ROW THREE: Brandi Harkness (St.Lucy’s, St. Joseph), Justin Garza(Bonita, Cal State Fullerton), Dylan Goodwin (Diamond Ranch, Central Michigan), Karly Shockey (Chino Hills, Sacred Heart), Jackie Macy (St. Lucy’s, Colgate), Daniel Zamora (Bishop Amat, Stony Brook).
MIDDLE ROW: Laura Swan (St. Lucy’s, University of Illinois Chicago), Danielle O’Toole (St. Lucy’s, San Diego State), Paige Gumz (Chino Hills, Fresno State), Brogan Hoenisch (Chino Hills, Cal State San Marcos), C.J. Saylor (South Hills, San Diego State), Chad Lee (Damien, Stony Brook).
SECOND BOTTOM ROW: Taylor Langdon (Glendora, Fresno State), Nikki Girard (Chino Hills, Arizona State), Cassie Padilla (Bishop Amat, Santa Clara), Garie Blando (Chino Hills, UNLV), Alyssa Villalpando (Los Altos, Hawaii), Mariah Midyette (Los Altos, Bucknell), Carly Simpson (Diamond Bar, Nevada Reno), Ty France (South Hills, San Diego State).
BOTTOM FRONT: Brandi Wilson (Hawaii University), Kayla Papez (Charter Oak, Sacramento State), Danielle Mavridis (St. Lucy’s, University of San Diego), Sarah Macias (South Hills, Wayne State), Britney Rodriguez (South Hills, UCLA), Kristen Stewart (South Hills, Utah)
Note: I will post video interviews later tonight.
Wednesday’s National Letters of Intent Signees
Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, USC
Justin Garza, Bonita, Cal State Fullerton
Vahn Bozian, Ayala, USC
C.J. Saylor, South Hills, San Diego State
Ty France, South Hills, San Diego State
Chad Lee, Damien, Stony Brook
Carlos Martinez, Nogales, Hawaii
Joe Munoz, Los Altos, San Diego State
Daniel Zamora, Bishop Amat, Stoney Brook
Nick Hynes, Covina, Arizona
Dylan Goodwin, Diamond Ranch, Central Michigan
Cassie Padilla, Bishop Amat, Santa Clara
Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, UCLA
Danielle O’Toole, St. Lucy’s, San Diego State
Danielle Mavridis, St. Lucy’s, University of San Diego
Brandi Harkness, St. Lucy’s, St. Joseph’s
Laura Swan, St. Lucy’s, University of Illinois at Chicago
Nikki Innamorato, Chino Hills, Cal Poly SLO
Nikki Girard, Chino Hills, Arizona State
Paige Gumz, Chino Hills, Fresno State
Garie Blando, Chino Hills, UNLV
Brogan Hoenisch, Chino Hills, Cal State San Marcos;
Jackie Wagner, Arroyo, Utah State
Kayla Papez, Charter Oak, Sacramento State
Taylor Castro, West Covina, Cal Baptist
Taylor Langdon, Glendora, Fresno State
Sarah Moore, Ayala, Missouri
Alyssa Villapando, Los Altos, University of Hawaii
Mariah Midyette, Los Altos, Bucknell University
Sarah Macias, South Hills, Wayne State
Kristen Stewart, South Hills, Utah
Taylor Miller, Glendora, La Sierra University
Victoria Dennis, Bonita, UC Irvine
Jackie Macy, St. Lucy’s, University of Colgate
Taylor Scott, Claremont, Mississippi State
Brandi Wilson, Glendora, Hawaii
Karly Shockey, Chino Hills, Sacred Heart
Grant Jerrett, La Verne Lutheran, Arizona
Chris Reyes, Damien, St. Mary’s
Brianna Kennedy, Bonita, Loyola Marymount
Chelsea Barnes, Diamond Ranch, Loyola Marymount
Erika Williams, Diamond Ranch, Cal State Bakersfield
Girls Water Polo
Ambyr Stewart, Bonita, UC Irvine
Hanna Lancaster, St. Lucy’s, UC Irvine
Carly Simpson, Diamond Bar, Nevada-Reno
Jason Haney, Damien, Virgina Tech