21 seniors formally commit to college programs for the fall

21 seniors formally commit to college programs for the fall

Clayton Valley Charter feted five seniors penning their NLI in Dan Della Gym. They are, from left, Jerry Coakley, Daniel Messer, Makenna Brady, Skylar Bennett and Zoe Lahanas.
Mykalyn Gutierrez, Mt. Diablo High School.

CONCORD, CA (June 1, 2024) — Carondelet, Mt. Diablo, Clayton Valley Charter and De La Salle high schools celebrated 21 senior student athletes this spring who signed their National Letters of Intent last month to play their sport starting in the fall at 18 colleges from coast to coast.

The signees will be playing 12 sports in college including soccer, swimming, basketball, lacrosse, competitive cheer, rugby, wrestling, football, volleyball, track, baseball and cross country.

Besides Northern and Southern California, the local college signees are headed for Illinois, New Hampshire, Oregon, Nevada, Missouri, Arizona and Washington DC to further their academic and athletic pursuits.

Spring NLI signees

(sport and college):


Natalie Aiken (Swimming, Georgetown)
Sophia Bruzzone (Lacrosse, San Diego State)
Gabriella Dedes (Lacrosse, Westminster)
Sophia Lohmeier (Basketball, Dominican-Chicago)
Marina Miller (Volleyball, Keene State)
Ella Reardon (Cheerleading, Cal Baptist)

21 seniors formally commit to college programs for the fall
Six Carondelet seniors made their commitments for their college futures by signing national letters of intent last month. They are, front row from left, Gabriella Dedes, Sophia Bruzzone, Natalie Aiken; back row, Ella Reardon, Marina Miller and Sophia Lohmeier.

Clayton Valley Charter

Jerry Coakley (Baseball, William Jessup)
Daniel Messer (Cross Country and Track, American)
Makenna Brady (Soccer, Willamette)
Zoe Lahanas (Track and Field, Cal Berkeley)
Skylar Bennett (Track 2and Field, Nevada Reno)

De La Salle

De La Salle once again had the largest number of area athletes in the spring NLI signing period. The Spartan signees are, from left, Landon Dunn, Manuel Martir, Kaelan Meyer, Caleb Tatad, Dominic Zapata, Chris Biller, Joey Deitchman, Dom Gallwitz and Parker Beilke.

Landon Dunn (Football, Southwest Baptist)
Manuel Martir (Wrestling, Simpson)
Kaelan Meyer (Rugby, Arizona)
Caleb Tatad (Wrestling, Cal Poly Humboldt)
Dominic Zapata (Rugby, Arizona)
Chris Biller (Rugby, Cal Berkeley)
Joey Deitchman (Rugby, Saints Mary’s)
Dom Gallwitz (Football, Redlands)
Parker Beilke (Rugby, Arizona)

Mt. Diablo

Mykalyn Gutierrez (Basketball, Pacific Union)

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Sports and Schools Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer | sports@pioneerpublishers.com | Website

Jay Bedecarré is a long-time resident and writer in Concord and Clayton. He began his newspaper writing career while still a senior at Mt. Diablo High School and he has been part of The Pioneer since its inception in 2003. Jay also operates Bay Area Festivals, presenting events around the San Francisco Bay Area including Bay Area KidFest annually in Downtown Concord.