See which Inland athletes have signed college letters of intent

The coronavirus pandemic brought the sport to a halt in California high school, but it didn’t stop top inland athletes from putting pen to paper for the early signing days period.

Of course, the celebrations looked very different this year.

Because most high schools were closed due to national and local health restrictions, there were no large meetings on campus. So the athletes and their families did their best to recreate the sign-day atmosphere at home, with tables lined with college banners and balloon bunches and other decorations.

Santiago High reported the largest daytime course signing in the backcountry, with 15 athletes signing letters of intent. More than half are from the girls’ soccer program that captured the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championship last season: Emma Becerra (New Mexico), Trinity Corcoran (Northern Arizona), Shayne Douglas (UC Santa Barbara), Grayson Jones (Manhattan College) , Jenae Perez (UC Irvine), Mihaela Perez (UC Irvine), Autumn Thompkins (UC Irvine), and Brooke Uceda (Fresno Pacific).

Two of the best inland basketball players have also signed. Damien’s Malik Thomas, who was last season’s Sun / Bulletin boys basketball player of the year, signed with USC. Centennial’s Jayda Curry, Press-Enterprise’s girl basketball player of the year last season, signed her letter of intent to play with Cal.

Damien also had an impressive group of baseball players signing letters: Ivan Aguirre (Navy), Dylan Alanis (UNLV), Daniel Barrera (Pacific) Matthew Clark (Arizona) and Kaden Moeller (Long Beach State).

There were also three players who helped Vista Murrieta’s girls’ volleyball team win the CIF State Division I Championship last season. Molly Wilson and Rachel Holmberg will play indoor volleyball in Washington and St. Katherine respectively, while Kela Moreno signed on for beach volleyball with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Roosevelt girls’ water polo striking Gracie Helberg signed her letter to play at UC Irvine. She is the third Helberg sister to sign with a Division I college in the past eight years. Jada Helberg (Class of 2014) signed with Cal State Bakersfield for water polo, and Jenna Helberg (Class of 2018) signed with the College of Charleston to play softball.

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The early signing period is for all sports except football. Footballers can sign in early December and during the regular period starting on February 3.

AQUINAS

Jessa Amori, Girls Volleyball, King University

Alexa Duran, softball, UC Riverside

Janel Pido, Girls Volleyball, Southwest Baptist University

Anissa Villalobos, Softball, Manhattan College

BEAUMONT

Irene Martin, softball, Morgan State

CAJON

Taylor Brooks, softball, Mary University

Eli Grande, Boys Water Polo, McKendree University

CARTER

Jonathan Otero, Boys Soccer, Ottawa University

CENTENARY

Hudson Boncal, Baseball, Ohio University

Laurie Cooke, softball, Newman University

Jayda Curry, Girls’ Basketball, Cal

Makenna Dashiell, softball, Cal Baptist

Miranda Evans, cheering stunt, Cal Baptist

Brie Lowman, softball, Cal State San Bernardino

Faith Moreno, Girls Lacrosse, Culver-Stockton College

Trinity San Antonio, girls’ basketball, Cal Baptist

DENSE THICKNESS

Brooke Frederick, Girls Volleyball, Weber State

Makenzie Guiliano, softball, Cal State San Marcos

Anna Hawthorne, Girls Volleyball, Cal State Fullerton

Jakob Hudson, Boys Lacrosse, Westcliff University

Jaelynn Lambert, softball, BYU

CHINO

Jillian Hernandez, softball, La Sierra University

Emily Jordan, Softball, Fort Hays University

CHINO HILLS

Johan Camarillo, boys golf, Sacred Heart

Kayla Chavez, softball, Minnesota

Mykenzie Hanna, softball, Boise State

Payton Kelly, Softball, Cal State Fullerton

Kendall Mangel, softball, Nebraska

Ioana Soares, softball, University of the Southwest

CITRUS VALLEY

Sophia DiCarlo, Softball, Grinnell College

Mika Lee, softball, Cal

Ella Nadeau, softball, Stanford

COLTON

Alex Navarette, Baseball, Long Beach State

DAMIEN

Ivan Aguirre, baseball, navy

Dylan Alanis, Baseball, UNLV

Daniel Barrera, Baseball, Pacific

Matthew Clark, Baseball, Arizona

Kaden Moeller, Baseball, Long Beach State

Malik Thomas, Boys Basketball, USC

ELSINORE

Bryan Romero, Boys Basketball, St. Katherine

ETIWANDA

Jack Holman, Baseball, UCLA

BIG TERRACE

Nikki Barboza, softball, Sacramento State

Priscilla Estrada, softball, Cal Baptist

Destany Lewis, Swim Girls, Florida State

Ashlyn Zermeno, softball, Saint Mary’s

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LARGE OAK

Kielle Legoo, girls water polo, San Jose State

Quincee Lilio, softball, Oklahoma

Will Potter, baseball, Cal Baptist

James Wright, Boys Athletics, Stanford

KING

Alexis Chavez, softball, Louisiana-Monroe

Amanda Gull, softball, Furman

Owen Vasta, Boys Soccer, Loyola Marymount

Evan Yates, Baseball, Cal State Fullerton

MORENO VALLEY

Anthony Silva, Baseball, Cal Baptist

MURRIETA TABLE

Madison Corey, Girls Volleyball, Hendrix College

Kailey Crisman, cheer, Liberty

Kelsey Crisman, cheer, Liberty

Bella Flexen, softball, Long Beach State

Victoria Howard, Softball, Missouri Valley College

Delaney Kiendra, Girls Volleyball, Adelphi University

Becca Lipp, Girls Soccer, Newberry College

Abigail Macias, Girls Volleyball, Cal State Northridge

Makana Olaso, Baseball, San Jose State

Jayden Raineri, Baseball, Salem University

Sophia Ruiz, softball, Saint Martin’s University

Kaila Thunstrom, Girls Volleyball, State of Utah

Natalie Torrez, Stunt Cheer, Cal Baptist

MURRIETA VALLEY

Miya Carmichael, girls volleyball, navy

Sila Fedler, girls water polo, UC San Diego

Rebecca Hale, girls water polo, Long Beach State

Sofia Sollie, girls water polo, Indiana

Avery Wood, girl water polo, Cal Baptist

NORCO

Stevie Hansen, softball, Oregon

Neva Pulin, softball, Hawaii Pacific

ONTARIO CHRISTIAN

Bridgette Trujillo, softball, Biola

PALOMA VALLEY

Caleb Anderson, Baseball, Cal State Fullerton

Wyatt Bush, Baseball, UC Irvine

Shannon Durkin, Girls Volleyball, Siena College

Jeffrey Hanmer, Boys Volleyball, Cal State Northridge

RAMONA

Briana Lopez, softball, Hawaii

REDLANDS

Lindsay Cabral, softball, Saint Mary’s

REDLANDS EAST VALLEY

Riley Anthony, Softball, Franklin and Marshall

Chase Dabbs, Baseball, Saint Mary’s

Taylor Muchmore, Girls Golf, Point Loma

Oziomachukwu Ozonoh, girls volleyball, Villanova

Mackenzie San Pedro, softball, Cal Baptist

RIVERSIDE POLY

Emma Nosenchuck, girls water polo, Siena

ROOSEVELT

Gracie Helberg, Girls Water Polo, UC Irvine

SANTIAGO

Isabel Barrientos, Girls Lacrosse, Missouri Western State

Emma Becerra, Girls Soccer, New Mexico

Trinity Corcoran, Girls Soccer, Northern Arizona

Shayne Douglas, Girls Soccer, UC Santa Barbara

Brandon Downer, Baseball, Cal Baptist

Lauren Grover, Girls Volleyball, Santa Clara

Grayson Jones, Girls Soccer, Manhattan College

Mario Landeros, Baseball, Eastern Oregon University

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Madison Little, Girls Water Polo, Cal State Northridge

Kaylah Nelsen, softball, Oregon State

Madison O’Hara, Girls Water Polo, UC Irvine

Jenae Perez, Girls Soccer, UC Irvine

Mihaela Perez, Girls Soccer, UC Irvine

Autumn Thompkins, Girls Soccer, UC Irvine

Brooke Uceda, Girls Soccer, Fresno Pacific

ST. LUCY’S

Sofia Cervantes, softball Cal State Monterey Bay

Stevilyn Griffin, Girls Water Polo, State of Arizona

Marly Lough, Swim Girls, Penn State

TEMECULA VALLEY

Kennedy Adams, Girls Volleyball, Cal State Monterey Bay

Kailyn Bandel, softball, Briar-Cliff University

Ashlyn Beaver, Girls Volleyball, State of Oregon

Meadow Copper, Girls Volleyball, State of Arizona

Morgan Witz, Girls Soccer, Cal Baptist

TAHQUITZ

Gavin Meyer, Baseball, Cal State Fullerton

UPLAND

Marissa Caballero, softball, Long Beach State

Tiana Egland, Girls Soccer, San Diego

Sara Haendiges, softball, Oregon State

Natalia Lira, softball, Portland State

Madison Souza, softball, Columbia

Chloe Tadolini, Girls Soccer, Toledo

MURRIETA VIEW

Katelyn Cornejo, girls water polo, Cal State Northridge

Samantha Ganaden, softball, Hartford

Rachel Holmberg, Girls Volleyball, St. Katherine

Nathan Martinez, Baseball, Nevada

LeTrey McCollum, Baseball, UC Santa Barbara

Kela Moreno, Beach Volleyball, Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Molly Wilson, Girls Volleyball, Washington

WEBB

Gabe Bustamante, Baseball, Central Washington

WOOD CREST CHRISTIAN

Angelina Allen, softball, Iowa State

YUCAIPA

Mitchell Carpenter, Boys Water Polo, Biola

Caden Huber, baseball, USC

Luke Franklin, boys water polo, Biola

Kaelyn Loncharich, softball, Providence