Dream theater: 42 Clovis Unified student athletes sign college letters of intent

The 16 student-athletes from Clovis West who signed college national letters of intent on Nov. 9 at a ceremony held on campus. [Photo by Ron Webb]


Members of the 2016 National championship Buchanan baseball team, three Bears signed Division 1 scholarship offers this year: Jamal O’Guinn (USC), Zach Presno (Fresno State) and Quentin Selma (Cal). [Photo by Bobby Medellin]
Members of the 2016 National championship Buchanan baseball team, three Bears signed Division 1 scholarship offers this year: Jamal O’Guinn (USC), Zach Presno (Fresno State) and Quentin Selma (Cal). [Photo by Bobby Medellin]
By Paul Meadors | Sports Editor
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Forty two seniors from Clovis Unified took part on National Letter of Intent Day on Nov. 9, a now-booming event that’s held around high school campuses nation-wide to great enthusiasm. These amazing student athletes signed on the dotted line, pledging to their ready to take their talents to the next level.

It’s a day to celebrate a long journey for the student/athletes – which can often times be daunting experience. But for most of these Clovis Unified kids, their courting, campus visits and communication with potential colleges was a positive one.

Clovis North tennis star Daly Meinert chose Cal Poly after being courted by such schools as UCLA, Stanford and UC Davis. But, Meinert was sold quickly by the Mustangs and verbally committed early.

“I’m immensely excited about playing for Cal Poly and Coach [Nick] Carless,” said Meinert, who was the Central Section singles champion as a freshman and sophomore. “The team’s mentality and philosophy is exactly what I’m looking for.”

And it’s always super neat when a coach makes an official statement on a player [coaches are not permitted to talk about a recruit until after they officially sign] and Arizona State’s women’s basketball coach, Turner Thorne, had the following to say about Clovis West’s Bre’yanna Sanders:

Clovis wrestling star and three-time state champion Justin Mejia signs his National Letter of Intent with the University of Illinois. [Contributed photo]
Clovis wrestling star and three-time state champion Justin Mejia signs his National Letter of Intent with the University of Illinois. [Contributed photo]

“Bre Sanders is a versatile, dynamic forward who will be able to play multiple positions and impact the game on both sides of the ball. She is an excellent shooter, elite rebounder and relentless defender. She is coming to us from two of the top basketball programs in the state of California, Clovis West HS, and Cal Stars. As great as Bre is as a basketball player, she is an even better teammate and leader. We are so excited for all that she will bring to our Sun Devil family.”    

For some, they stayed close to home and chose Fresno State – Zach Presno, baseball, Buchanan; Brandon Martino, wrestling, Clovis; Callie Woodruff, water polo, Clovis; Cameron DeLeare, golf, Clovis West; Hannah Duggins, water polo, Clovis West; Maddie Loggins, water polo, Clovis West.

And some are heading out of state. For example Buchanan’s Myca Mitchell is joining brother Donovan (basketball) at Wake Forest for volleyball, Brett Walker of Clovis North is playing baseball at University of Oregon, Tom Schab from Clovis West will be swimming at the University of Iowa and Clovis wrestler Justin Mejia is going to University of Illinois.

It was an especially satisfying day for Clovis West as the Golden Eagles were represented by an incredible 16 total seniors including five, yes five, girls’ basketball players signing Division I: Megan Anderson (San Jose State University), Tess Amundsen (Boise State University), Sarah Bates (UC Santa Barbara), Danae Marquez (San Jose State University) and the aforementioned Bre’yanna Sanders (Arizona State University).

Below is the complete list:


BUCHANAN:

Cari Acosta, track and field, San Diego State University 

Stephanie Bartel, swimming, University of Pittsburgh 

Katie Jackson, softball, Cal State Bakersfield

Myca Mitchell, volleyball, Wake Forest 

Mackenzie Mora, track and field, San Diego State 

Jamal O’Guinn, baseball, University of Southern California 

Zach Presno, baseball, Fresno State 

Quentin Selma, baseball, UC Berkeley 

Jacob Wilson, track and field, UCLA


CLOVIS HIGH:

Taylen Ballard, volleyball, Brigham Young University 

Rachel Berry, basketball, Fresno Pacific University 

Wyatt Cornelison, wrestling, University of Pennsylvania 

Hannah Gish, water polo, Cal State Bakersfield 

Graham Hauss, swimming, Arizona State 

Brandon Martino, wrestling, Fresno State 

Justin Mejia, wrestling, University of Illinois 

Callie Woodruff, water polo, Fresno State 


CLOVIS EAST:

Alexis Parras, softball, Simpson University


CLOVIS NORTH:

Peter Faragia, golf, Cal Poly

Savannah Fitzgerald, swim and water polo, University of the Pacific

Noah Haupt, baseball, New Mexico State University

Bryce Loosigian, golf, Cal Poly

Pari Manoogian, cross country, Lipscomb University

Daly Meinert, tennis, Cal Poly

Brooke Tjerrild, track and field, Cal Poly

Brett Walker, baseball, University of Oregon


CLOVIS WEST:

Adrian Antunez, basketball, Fresno Pacific University 

Megan Anderson, basketball, San Jose State University 

Tess Amundsen, basketball, Boise State University 

Sarah Bates, basketball, UC Santa Barbara

Brynley Bower, track and field, University of Sioux Falls 

Ally Clague, water polo, UC Davis 

Skylar Elkington, swimming, University of the Pacific 

Cameron DeLaere, golf, Fresno State 

Hannah Duggins, water polo, Fresno State 

Alexis Fowlkes, acrobatics and tumbling, Baylor University 

Hunter Lane, swimming, Cal Poly 

Maddie Loggins, water polo, Fresno State 

Danae Marquez, basketball, San Jose State University 

Juliana Martinez, softball, Cal State Northridge 

Bre’yanna Sanders, basketball, Arizona State University 

Tom Schab, swimming, University of Iowa