Eastvale– Kids around the country dream of becoming professional athletes. They have the vision of becoming the next LeBron James, Peyton Manning, Alex Morgan, or Mike Trout. On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 27 athletes from Eleanor Roosevelt High School took the next step in accomplishing their athletic ambitions by signing their letters of intent to play at the collegiate level.
The class of 2018 is the largest group of signees Roosevelt has ever seen, it’s expected that several more athletes will sign with colleges before the conclusion of the school year. Athletic director Aaron Shires was ecstatic about the number of student-athletes that committed to continue their athletic careers in college. “Well, it’s awesome. It speaks volumes to the level of effort and work that our coaches put in, our teachers put in, and the student-athletes themselves have put in, most importantly, the home atmosphere and the families.”
Allison Poole, the goalkeeper for the girls’ soccer team, said that, “Sports has helped me so much. It’s been my getaway; I’m able to become someone different when I get on the field, it’s a blessing to be able to play.” Poole will play soccer at California State University of Fullerton next year.
While the accomplishments of Roosevelt’s athletes on the field are impressive, their successes in the classroom are equally as remarkable. A majority of the athletes have maintained above a 3.5 GPA over the course of their high school careers. Florida Tech commit Jordy Araya took to Twitter to encourage underclassmen to focus on their studies “because of the doors a high GPA and SAT” can open.
National Signing Day is a special day across the country when we are reminded of the impact sports can have on young men and women and their families. While sports may not cure all issues, they do have the unique ability to create phenomenal opportunities and well rounded adults. Sports are an outlet that can create a beautiful paradise for athletes and fans alike. Most importantly is the fact that sports brings people together.
The following is the full list of athletes that signed their letter of intent today:
Football: Andy Koch: Utah State; Lionel Masivi: Dixie State; Michael Macdonald: Azusa Pacific University; Jordy Araya: Florida Tech; Chase Williams: USC; Jeremy Moussa: University of Hawaii
Baseball: Adrian Banales: Pomona Pitzer; Aaron De La Torre: University of Sioux Falls; Jack Drury: California Baptist University; Brandon Gutierrez: Cal State San Bernardino
Girls Volleyball: Dejah Dade: University of California Riverside; Hailey Gomez: Arkansas Pine Bluff
Girls Soccer: Delanie McKeon: Austin Peay State University; Allie Poole: Cal State Fullerton; Sydney Studer: Oregon State; Jasmine Walker: Grambling State.
Girls Softball: Madelyn Ruffin: Long Beach State; Amanda Argomaniz: George Mason University; McKenna Batterton: Florida Gulf Coast; Hayley DiMase: University of Redlands; Hannah Tenberge: Mid America Nazarene University; Kristen Lucas: Butler College; Janna Helberg: College of Charleston
Track & Field: Breanna Bernard-Joseph: USC
Cheerleading: Janae Magpale: California Baptist University; Ashley Padilla: California Baptist University