Golden Bears sign letters of intent
Friday, February 15th, 2013
Issue 07, Volume 17.
"They cover across America," said Athletic Director Steve Rapaport.
Rapaport then asked the athletes for a show of hands to determine at what age athletes began playing their specific sport. Twelve of the 14 still had their hands up when he got down to the fifth grade; there were three hands up at age three.
"How many millions of dollars are represented by the 14 athletes here," he asked, "in scholarships as well as the time and money parents have spent over the years?"
Cassidy Wilson will be attending Point Loma Nazarene University, one of her first dream schools since the eighth grade. "I was recruited at Viper practice. Eight out of my nine teammates are already committed to a school."
Outside Hitter Lindsay Fisher was not present; she graduated early to attend Ashford University in Iowa. She is a four-year scholar-athlete and was the student leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
All-League offensive and defensive lineman Addison Pulsipher will be following in his brothers’ footsteps and attending BYU. "It was a dream come true." Ten to 13 members of the 2013 recruiting class there will be delaying their football careers to fulfill a two-year mission requirement.
Four-year varsity mid-fielder Jordan Magnin committed to UNLV over UC San Diego. "UNLV expressed interest in me in my junior year, but then got another coach and we started the process all over again. It was a graceful process and I fell in love with how the new coach is running the program."
Rebecca Cartmill, first team All-League forward, will be playing for the Capital University Crusaders in Ohio.
Briana Garcia, who almost gave up on playing soccer in college because of a knee injury and lack of interested colleges in her junior year, will be playing on scholarship at Humboldt State.
Four-year varsity starter Rachel Witz had lots of offers, but felt at home at Cal Baptist University in Riverside where she had visited often because of two older sisters (Jacqueline and Bernadette) who had attended/played there. Her mother, Laura, said, "College was a big concern for us, but this is the fourth child we have going off on a scholarship!" She, by the way, has coached all four of the TVHS soccer girls signing for scholarships this day at one point or another in their soccer careers.
Carleigh Robinson, a former competitive swimmer, has this advice for aspiring athletes: "Reach out to coaches and make yourself known and available." She had interest from four or five schools and chose Sonoma State. "Talking to the coach and visiting the campus made a difference."
Pitcher Garrett Nimmo was swayed by the opportunity to play right away without a "redshirt" year. He looked at four schools but decided to play for Cal State Bakersfield.
"This was my dream and Oregon State was one of my first choices," said five-time National-qualifier Megan Jimenez, who started gymnastics at age three.
Center fielder Toni Santos had initially committed to UC Riverside, but a coaching change happened there. After a Nationals tournament, 17 schools expressed interest, including Oakland State in Michigan, Syracuse and New Mexico. She committed to Temple University in Pennsylvania.
Teammate Natalia Segovia will also be in Pennsylvania nearby at Villanova University. "I’ve always wanted to be on the east coast and experience four seasons; I have lots of family out there."
Power hitter Hailey Kofler signed with Weber State in Utah. She will be playing for ex-Bear and her ex-Fury coach Nikki Palmer, who is an assistant coach there. Hailey set a school record for home runs her junior year, was named All-League and All-Riverside County. Her club team, The Next Level, won the 18U Champions Cup in 2012 and 16U ASA Nationals in 2011.
Rachel Burdette grew up playing softball, starting with recreation ball with TVGSA and travel ball with Fury. She credits coach Mark Goodacre with getting schools to look at her. She will be playing for Minot State in North Dakota. "I really like the small size, but I’ll have to get used to the cold." Her father, Richard, says, "We’re proud of her and it’s quite a relief knowing that her college education is paid for. Now, we just have to see about our son (Ben is a 6’1" 225 pound offensive lineman for TVHS)."
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