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FORGING AHEAD

Mater Dei, Cornelia Connelly and Rosary Academy are sending off a total of 25 students to college on athletic scholarships

By Jenelyn Russo     1/7/2019

At the first official National Signing Day of the 2018-2019 school year held last month, Mater Dei High School, Cornelia Connelly High School and Rosary Academy all honored seniors as they committed to continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. 

Mater Dei celebrated 22 of their student athletes who made commitments to play at the collegiate level across 10 sports. 

On the baseball diamond, the Monarchs saw four players make college commitments. Hunter Cope will be playing for the University of Arizona. CJ Rodriguez is headed to Vanderbilt University. Kyle Scott has signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Cameron Wheeler has committed to University of California, Irvine. 

From the baseball diamond to the softball field, Erica Holt is headed to Michigan State University while Nyomi Jones will be playing for Ole Miss. 

The Monarchs girls basketball team has three players who will continue their playing careers in college. Cailyn Crocker has signed with the University of California, Berkeley. Destiny Sambrano will play for Concordia University, Irvine, and Katie FitzGerald is headed to California State University, Monterey Bay. 

On the volleyball court, Mater Dei’s girls volleyball program is sending four players on to college teams. Natalie Berty is headed to Stanford University. Brielle Mullally will be going east to play for Providence College. Kristina Pepek has signed with University of California, Santa Barbara, and Mandalay Rennon will play for the University of Nevada. 

In the pool, swimmer Stephanie Su has signed with UCLA. From the Monarchs’ girls water polo team, Hannah Constandse is headed to Stanford University. And from the school’s boys water polo team, both Ian Minsterman and Warren Loth have signed to play with the University of California, Berkeley. 

Girls lacrosse players Tess Keiser and Gianna Danese are headed to Arizona State University and Columbia University, respectively.  

From the soccer field, Savannah Alday will play for the University of Jamestown and Lily Slater is headed to USC. And rounding out Mater Dei college commitments from November, Juliana Haider will be rowing for San Diego State University. 

Connelly’s Leeyen Peralta has signed to play Division 1 golf for Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, the culmination of a long-time dream Peralta has had to play college golf. 

She was honored by her school during a signing ceremony that saw both her personal golf coach Mark Reid and Connelly golf coach David Jueneman in attendance. 

In a previous interview with OC Catholic, Jueneman commented that Peralta is, “extremely supportive of her teammates, always cheering and encouraging them.” 

Peralta shared some words of encouragement with her fellow classmates saying, “Wherever you are in life, with hard work, the belief in yourself and the wonderful support of the Connelly community, I can confidently say it is definitely possible to achieve your dreams.” 

From Rosary Academy, pitcher Lanie Adamsen has committed to playing softball for Marymount California University in Palos Verdes. The four-year varsity player for the Royals was honored with the Most Improved Player Award in 2017.  

“No one was worked harder to become an exceptional student athlete than Lanie,” says Rosary head softball coach, Tom Tice. “Her college commitment is another amazing step on a tremendous journey.” 

The Royals also saw golfer Chayse Gomez make her college commitment to Oregon State University. The signing of her letter of intent caps off a tremendous high school golf career for the three-time Trinity League Champion and reigning Trinity League MVP.  

Last month, Gomez advanced through CIF-SS playoff rounds to represent Rosary and the Trinity League at the CIF State Golf Finals held at the Victoria Club in Riverside. Her final rounds of her high school career saw Gomez finishing in the top 12 golfers in the state. 

Rosary head golf coach, Steve Hiskey, had this to say about Gomez as she prepares to head to Corvallis, Oregon, to continue her education and golf career: “Chayse has wrapped up her high school years quite neatly. Besides all of her accomplishments, being able to compete in the Pac-12 in a college town atmosphere is a good fit for her. The coaching staff is extremely proud of her.”

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