Danville Express

Newsfront - February 16, 2007

What's next for high school athletes?

by Jordan M. Doronila

Harvard. Stanford. Yale. Utah.

Top senior student athletes at San Ramon Valley High School formally announced at a luncheon last week their intentions of what colleges they will attend.

Approximately 60 people comprising families, coaches and school staff honored their achievements at a recognition luncheon at the high school's small gym on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Sixteen students were honored.

"This is an exceptional group," said John Raynor, school athletic director and boys' varsity basketball coach. "It's an exceptionally talented young group of men and women."

At the event, San Ramon Valley High School baseball Coach Rick Steen and Athletic Booster Club President Chris Carter shared some supportive comments with the youths.

Steen will be retiring from teaching and coaching after 33 years, and this year will be Carter's last as the booster club president, Raynor said.

Sam Finlayson, who plays water polo and was recently given the 2006 Wendy's Heisman Award, has officially written a letter of intent to attend Stanford University, joining his brother Peter.

Raynor said the athletes honored represented positive role models who have met academic standards. Additionally, they are respectful, are leaders, and they have overcome obstacles to perform at a high level.

The following students have submitted their formal letters of intent:

* Roy Helu, Jr., football, University of Nebraska

* Corbin Louks, football, University of Utah

* Zackary Madonick, football, University of Nevada Reno

* Ryan Vandersloot, football, Yale

* Bria Park, women's soccer, Cal Poly

* Chelsea Gallegos, women's soccer, Portland State

* Gabrielle Parisella, women's soccer, Loyola Marymount

* Aubree Southwick, women's soccer, San Diego State

* Cameron Walters, men's soccer, Cal Poly

* Rebekah Weisser, softball, Azusa Pacific

* Autumn Albers, softball, Stanford

* Sam Finlayson, men's water polo, Stanford

* Elliot Arthur, men's water polo, UC Davis

* Allison Van Dorn, women's lacrosse, UC Davis

* Carolyn Talley, crew, Harvard

* Alexis Nordine, cross country, undecided

The luncheon was an event to acknowledge their talents, Raynor said.

"It was a wonderful day to recognize these tremendous athletes," he noted.

Contact Jordan M. Doronila at jdoronila@DanvilleWeekly.com


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