2020 Senior Athletics Signing Day Celebration
What an exciting day! Today we honored twenty-four seniors who are headed to compete in collegiate athletics. Typically this event takes place in our center quad with our family and friends celebrating our accomplishments but given the circumstances, we capitalized and held a zoom meeting.
Our athletic programs have excelled over the years and the class of 2020 played a major role in that success.
Football amassed over forty-eight victories, two state championship appearances, one state championship, two regional championships and four straight league championships.
Our Lancer cheer program puts in countless hours with endless summer practices and an overnight cheer camp. They travel to all football games and kick off winter basketball, attending all home and away boys games. We are excited for Hailey Jackson and her decision to cheer at the University of Arizona.
Girls’ soccer will be sending both seniors off to college. Our seniors were top competitors in the Tri-Valley League, and as a result, received interest from multiple colleges. The Lancers finished the regular season ranked number two in division seven but just missed the playoffs after failing to receive an at large birth.
Girls’ basketball program exploded over the past four seasons amassing eighty-one wins, three league championships, one CIF championship, and a jump from the Frontier League to the Tri-Valley League.
What a heartbreaker for our spring sports. Baseball had a tough non-league schedule that prepared them for inevitable success in league. Softball was off to a hot 8-2 start behind senior leadership and young talent. Lacrosse was just coming off of a big time win versus cross town rival, Royal, while swim was still early in the season but already had swimmers qualifying for CIF. Beach volleyball had one month of practice and was getting on the bus for their first match before orders from the state came down the pipeline. Track was also off to a hot start, with freshman Dijon Stanley breaking school records, Geo Bowers flying high and newcomers Jordyn Walker, Zach Collins, and Mia Moore excelling in their events.
Lead by example, take what you've learned here, and apply it to your lives wherever you end up. For most of you, your family will not be there to tell you to study or to do your laundry. Be responsible, productive members of society, buy into the culture, and branch out. Some of you will redshirt, some of you will not get the reps you were hoping for, stay true to yourself and fight. There will be a time where you want to come home, but don’t. Stick it out and trust the process. I challenge you to eat with someone different in the lunchroom, get to know the staff in the library, don’t get stuck in the grind, and most importantly, honor God in all that you do. Stay blessed Lancers!
Below is a list of our student athletes who will be attending schools ranging from community college to division one.
- Nate Bennett: Portland State
- Payton Gourley: United States Merchant Marine Academy
- Josh Henderson: Cal Poly San Louis Obispo
- Soane Toia: San Jose State
- Zach Collins: Whittier College
- Cody White: University of Redlands
- Joseph Taase: New Mexico Military Institute
- Tiafau Taivai: New Mexico Military Institute
- Geo Bowers: Bakersfield College
- Danny Valenzuela: College of the Canyons
- Cole Smith: College of the Canyons
- Hailey Jackson: University of Arizona
- Leah Pirro: University of San Diego
- Hannah Aranda: Providence Christian College
- Abria Laue: University of Redlands
- Aliyah Dimuro: Cal Lutheran University
- Andrew Sutherland: George Fox University
- Dante Zamudio: University of Nevada, Reno
- Carson Ohl: Grand Canyon University
- Josh Swales: Arizona State University
- Andrew Sharp: California State University, Bakersfield
- Chardaye Beltran: Cornell University
- Victoria Lopez: Sierra College
- Tristen Lambert: Dominican University of California
“Grace Brethren taught me that being uncomfortable is a healthy place for growth - a lesson that I would tap into almost every day at the Air Force Academy.“
Dijon credits small class sizes and personalized one on one coaching styles for his success.
Class of 2020 looks forward to getting back on track, twenty-four athletes will compete in college.