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ANOTHER BIG DAY FOR EASTERNERS AS THEY INK LETTERS OF INTENT

2018 NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNING DAY

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

Another big day out at Petco Park as about 280 students and over an estimated 750 people by SDSA Director Steve Brand of which included parents, coaches, and teachers on hand to witness the days signings.

Out of the about 280 athletes from around San Diego, 14 of them came from the EastCounty this time around.

GROSSMONT

Jack Hyde – BASEBALL

The 6’3” 180lb Senior was a big cog in the 2018 Division I Championship season for the Foothillers. On the season he went 9-4 with a 1.53 ERA while striking out 71 in 77 2/3 innings. For his efforts, he will continue his playing and academic career for Coach Rich Hill and the USD Toreros who play in the WCC Conference.

SAMARIA ROOPE

Samaria Roope – SOFTBALL

Multi-time All EastCounty the hard thrower for the Foothillers last season struck out 150 batters and at the plated batted over .400 while knocking in 22 runs and belting 4 home runs. She will continue her playing career after Grossmont at Colorado Christian to play for the Cougars.

HELIX

HEAD BASEBALL COACH COLE HOLLAND & ERIC SMELKO / PHOTO COURTESY OF HELIX HIGH

Erik Smelko – BASEBALL

The 5’8” 160lb Senior knocked in 14 runs while scoring 22 runs and a home run for the Highlanders last season. For his efforts, he will continue his playing and academic career at Saint Mary’s who plays in the WCC Conference.

 

FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN

DERRICK CARTER-HOLLINGER & BRANDON STONE / Photo Courtesy of Foothills Christian

Derrick Carter-Hollinger – BASKETBALL

The 6’5” 185lb forward last season was one of the big reasons the Knights made it to the Open Division Championship as he averaged 17 points a game, a little over 9 boards and 2 blocks a game. He earned All-EastCounty honors as well as First Team All-CIF. His efforts will take him to the University of Montana where he will play for the Grizzlies who play in the Big Sky Conference.

CHRISTIAN

JACKSON LARSEN / PHOTO COURTESY OF JACKSON LARSEN TWITTER

Jackson Larsen – BASKETBALL

The Big 6’6” 175lb forward last season helped the Patriots get to the Division II Championship as he averaged a little over 14 ppg and almost 11 rebounds a game. His efforts will take him to Northern Arizona where he will be a Lumberjack who play in the Big Sky Conference.

MONTE VISTA

Jahmon McClendon – FOOTBALL 

JAHMON MCCLENDON / PHOTO BY DON DEMARS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

As a senior, the 6’2 215lb running back ran over the opposition to the tune of over 2,000 yards and 41 TDs. For his career, he ran for 6,686 yards and 103 TDs. He earned multiple All-EastCounty honors and was named to the All-CIF First team last year as the Monarchs won the Division IV CIF Championship last season. For his efforts, he will continue his playing career at UCLA under Chip Kelly and his open offense in the Pac-12.

Blake Schmidt – FOOTBALL

As a junior, he was one of the big defensive machines that helped propel the Monarchs along with McClendon to their first CIF Crown in over a decade and again this year was one of the leaders that propelled the Monarchs to claim their first league crown since 2003. Multiple All-EastCounty honors and All-League honors and fo his efforts will continue his playing career at Montana State of the Big Sky Conference.

 

HELIX

PHOTO COURTESY OF TEAM MAKASI

Michael Shawcroft – FOOTBALL

Considered one of the best defenders in the county the 6’1” Middle Linebacker who sometimes played tight end really helped wreak havoc on the defensive side of the ball and helped anchor the defense for the Highlanders. Last season he was one of the leaders that helped the Highlanders claim the open Division CIF Crown over Mission Hills and this season is one of the reasons why the Highlanders are a threat to claim the crown in Division I. Highly touted the last couple of years, Shawcroft decided to stay close to home and take his talents to San Diego State University where he will play under Rocky Long and the Aztecs in the Mount Tain West Conference.

 

 

 

WEST HILLS

Gianna Creighton  (2018 Grossmont Hills Athlete Of The Year) – SOCCER

The Senior will continue her playing career at UC Irvine for the Anteaters.

Taylor Gomez – SOCCER

She will continue her playing career and academics at Northern Arizona University

Brooke Flores – SOCCER

She will continue her playing career and academics at Eastern Washington University

Fallon Burnsworth – WATER POLO

She will continue her playing and academic career at Marist College

Carly Bockstahler – WATER POLO
She will continue her playing and academic career at Cal State University, Northridge

 

STEELE CANYON

PHOTO COURTESY OF MS. BAGGE

Audrey Bagge – SOFTBALL

A multi-time All-EastCounty honoree and one of the best defensive players at the hot corner and always a threat at the plat, Bagge scored 25 runs last season and knocked in 10 RBIs and helped the Cougars into the Open Division playoffs. For her efforts, she will continue her playing career at UCSD as a Triton and play for Patti Gerckens. UCSD as of right now plays in the CCAA of Division II.

Jessica “JJ” Venzor – SOFTBALL

Last season Venzor had 46 hits and knocked in 31 runs as well as scoring 29 runs. She also belted 5 home runs and was named to the All-EastCounty squad for her efforts. Like Bagge, she will take her playing talents to the next level where she will continue her career at Sonoma State where she will be a Sea Wolf and play under Jennifer Bridges. The Seawolves play in the CCAA of Division II.

GRANITE HILLS

Catie Dobbs – SOFTBALL

CATIE DOBBS SIGNS NLI / PHOTO BY GINA DOBBS

The fireballer of a thrower won 8 games last season while striking out over a 100 batters. She finished with a 1.64 ERA and only walked 36 batters on the season. At the plate, she belted 3 homers. Dobbs has been named All-EastCounty multiple times. After her senior year this year she will continue her playing career at USD for the Toreros who play in the WCC.

 

SANTANA

MADISON MENDEZ SIGNS NLI / PHOTO COURTESY OF MENDEZ FAMILY

Madison Mendez – SOFTBALL

A multi-time All-EastCounty honoree and a First Team All-CIF honoree last season tied the school record for most home runs in a season with 13. Mendez knocked in 41 runs and batted almost .500 on the season. In the circle, she won almost 20 games for the second season in a row. After she finishes her career, Mendez will continue next season at Florida International University where she will be a Panther. The Panthers play in Conference USA.

ERICA MITCHELL, MADISON MENDEZ AND SHELBY JOHNSTON / PHOTO COURTESY OF MENDEZ FAMILY

Shelby Johnston – SWIMMING 

The Senior who finished 8th in the CIF San Diego Section Division II Championships last May will take her talents to Olivet College of Division III.

Erica Mitchell – SWIMMING

The Senior will take her talents after Santana to Mary College.

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