Three local high schools feted 29 senior student athletes last week when they signed their National Letters of Intent committing to play their sport starting this fall in colleges from coast to coast. Clayton Valley Charter, Northgate and De La Salle had student athletes formalize their college choices in front of students and parents at their schools.
The signees were football, baseball, rowing, lacrosse, swimming, golf, softball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling and cross country athletes at the three schools. Bay Area four-year schools getting commitments were San Jose State, Holy Names University, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State and Saint Mary’s College.
CVCHS football state championship team member Mana Taimani, who earned all-league, all-East Bay and all-State honors, is going to be a Cowboy at the University of Wyoming.
De La Salle’s North Coast Section championship baseball and football teams had nine athletes make commitments. The players from the Spartans 2019 state baseball team of the year signing out NLI were standout pitcher Kyle Harrison (UCLA) and teammates Vince Bianchina (Northwestern), Keoni Coloma (Saint Mary’s College) and Charles McAdoo (San Jose State).
SportStars magazine recently named Shamar Garrett of De La Salle as the Northern California player of the year, another honor for the all-purpose star of the DLS football team that lost two games last fall, each to the No. 1 team in the country. His Spartan football teammates to also commit were Wyatt Crespi (Wake Forest University), Grant Daley (UC Berkeley), Benjamin Roe (Eastern Washington) and Brendan Tuholski (UC Davis).
NLI signees (sport and college)
Clayton Valley Charter
Jackson Nosrati (Lacrosse, Concordia of Wisconsin)
Mana Taimani (Football, University of Wyoming)
Ashley Slagle (Softball, Westcliffe University)
Alexa Avelar (Soccer, San Francisco State)
De La Salle
Anthony Banis (Rowing, University of Washington)
Vince Bianchina (Baseball, Northwestern)
Chase Britton (Lacrosse, Whittier College)
Keoni Coloma (Baseball, Saint Mary’s College)
Wyatt Crespi (Football, Wake Forest University)
Grant Daley (Football, UC Berkeley)
Shamar Garrett (Football, San Jose State)
Kyle Harrison (Baseball, UCLA)
Charles McAdoo (Baseball, San Jose State)
Derek O’Connor (Cross Country, Saint Mary’s College)
Benjamin Roe (Football, Eastern Washington)
Brendan Tuholski (Football, UC Davis)
Abigail Cheung (Soccer, Biola University)
Adrian Dulay (Swimming, University of Connecticut)
Benji Elster (Soccer, Northumbria University)
Gia Feliciano (Golf, University of Wisconsin)
Jon Jon Gazdar (Baseball, San Jose State)
Amaya Lee (Softball, Marshall University)
Katie Hicks (Softball, Oregon State)
Olivia Lee (Softball, Holy Names University)
Eric Prough (Football, Pomona College)
Miks Ramanis (Volleyball, BYU)
Luke Saunders (Baseball, UC San Diego)
Liv Villanueva (Wrestling, Southern Oregon)
Nathan Wu (Football, Macalester College)