CONCORD, CA (May 26, 2022) — Carondelet, Concord, De La Salle and Mt. Diablo high schools celebrated 18 senior student athletes this spring who signed their National Letters of Intent to play their sport starting in the fall at 17 colleges from coast to coast. They were honored along with their families and classmates at recent on campus signing ceremonies.
The signees will be playing nine different sports in college including lacrosse, baseball, swimming, water polo, rugby, wrestling, basketball, golf and cross country.
Four of the Class of 2022 grads will remain in the Bay Area and 12 of the 18 signees will be at colleges in California. Others are headed to Maryland, Connecticut, Washington, Wisconsin, Kansas and Massachusetts to further their academic and athletic pursuits.
Especially noteworthy is that three members of the Mt. Diablo High girls basketball team have now committed to colleges, the first-ever Red Devil female basketball players to do so. Coach Ronnie McGee had all three of his outstanding backcourt players sign after Andheya Aurelio and Mariel Busine inked their NLI to remain teammates at William Jessup University. Yasmine Garrett earlier signed with Evergreen State College in Washington.
Spring NLI signees (sport and college)
Isabella Bravo Lacrosse, California Lutheran)
Emily Hou (Golf, Wellesley)
Lucy Lamborn (Rugby, Quinnipiac)
Aubrey Newton (Water Polo, California Baptist)
Savannah Short (Rugby, Mount Saint Mary’s)
Koko Penev (Basketball, Bethany College)
De La Salle
Bobby Cuevas (Wrestling, Menlo College)
Aidan Roe (Wrestling, Menlo College)
Javon Johnson (Basketball, CSU Monterey Bay)
Jordan Webster (Basketball, UC Merced)
Oscar Gomez (Cross Country, Cal Poly SLO)
Dominic Besag (Rugby, Saint Mary’s College)
John Semany (Basketball, Lawrence University)
Cebrian Carter (Volleyball, UC Santa Cruz)
Harry Tooze (Baseball, Holy Names)
Brendan Ryan (Swimming, Seattle University)
Andheya Aurelio (Basketball, William Jessup University)
Mariel Busine (Basketball, William Jessup University)
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.