By Kelli Gile
Diamond Bar—Three talented Diamond Bar High School (DBHS) athletes have been recruited to play sports in college.
Senior Tony DiDonato, 17, will continue his successful run on the soccer field next year at California State University, San Bernardino.
“I’m happy and can’t wait to join the program!” he said during a scholarship signing celebration last month.
A Brahma team member all four years, DiDonato most recently captained the league championship team with one of the best records in school history.
Along with being a leader, DiDonato is also known for the versatility of being able to handle every offensive and defensive position.
“When I first started playing, I was always a forward, then on club I began playing on defense,” he explained.
DiDonato began playing indoor soccer at four-years-old in Diamond Bar, graduated to AYSO, and has played on Legends for the past seven years.
“I’ve been wanting to play college soccer since I was 10-years-old; it’s a dream!” he said.
He has an interest in pursuing criminal justice and business in college, and maybe one day going into law. “My mom’s a lawyer; it might just fit in with the family name!”
But for now, you can bet that being on the soccer field is Tony DiDonato’s favorite place to be.
“There’s such a rush of adrenaline and emotion, especially when you play with teammates that you love. There’s nothing else like it!
Centerfielder Keola Viloria, 18, received a scholarship to play at University of Antelope Valley.
Viloria played Brahma baseball all four years, securing his first varsity start during sophomore year.
He picked up a baseball glove before starting kindergarten, and never put it down.
“When I’m out there (on the field) all worries just go away. It’s my getaway zone!” he commented.
“I love baseball! Every single team I’m on those guys become my brothers!”
Safety Connor Donohue, 17, will play football as a preferred walk-on at Colorado State Un
“I’m really excited to be on the team,” said Donohue, who goes off to camp to begin training on June 13, which just happens to be his birthday.
Donohue didn’t begin playing football until his freshman year because before that he was focusing on soccer.
But it was a foregone conclusion that someday, he would end up picking up a pigskin.
“My dad was a big Cowboys fan and we always watched football,” he said. “So, I always knew I was going to play!”
He made the varsity team his sophomore year.
Donahue plans to major in business administration or mechanical engineering.