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Letter of intent day: Let the celebration begin

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Wednesday is the first day high school seniors can sign an early national letter of intent for all sports but football, soccer, track and field, cross country and men's water polo. Across Southern California, athletes are celebrating with classmates and their parents. We'll bring you some of the signings.

--8:27 p.m.

Two elite female athletes from South Pasadena, Claire Kieffer-Wright and Devin Grab, signed with Michigan and UCLA, respectively, for volleyball and water polo.

Bishop Montgomery point guard Justin Bibbins signed with Long Beach State. Village Christian point guard Bryan Alberts signed with Gonzaga. Simi Valley pitcher Matt Campbell signed with Cal State Northridge.

Harvard-Westlake's baseball signees included Jack Flaherty (North Carolina), Brian Ginsberg (Brown, Tyler Urbach (Fordham) and Matt Karo (Columbia).

--5:02 p.m.

Pitcher-infielder Alan Trejo of Downey Warren signed with San Diego State. He was 5-1 with a 1.11 ERA and batted .577 with 30 RBIs and 15 doubles as a junior.

--3:53 p.m.

Etiwanda, expected to be one of the best boys' basketball teams, might be even better in girls' basketball after five players signed on Wednesday. They were Daeja Smith (Cal State Fullerton), Amy Okonkwo (USC), Cherice Harris (Arizona), Alyssa Anderson (UNLV) and McKynzie Fort (Oregon).

--3:50 p.m.

USC went into the Inland Empire to sign guard Jordan McLaughlin of Etiwanda. Pitcher Brad Wegman of Great Oak signed with the Trojans.

-- 3:45 p.m.

Golfer Davis Holman has signed with the University of Northern Illinois. Baseball player Patrick Flynn signed with Utah. Both are from Servite.

--2:26 p.m.

Talented outfielder Marcus Wilson of Gardena Serra signed with Arizona State.  Outfielder Denz'l Chapman signed with San Diego State. Guard Ron Freeman signed with Cal State Fullerton. Girls' basketball guard Chyanne Butler signed with USC. Forward Caila Hailey signed with Washington State.

--2:25 p.m.

Kylee Wolfe, an outside hitter in girls' volleyball from Whittier Christian, signed with the University of Rhode Island.

--1:05 p.m.

Loyola Athletic Director Chris O'Donnell reports that the following Cubs plan to sign this week: Hayden Boehle (UC Santa Barbara), Cole Paullin (Stanford) and Riley Moore (Harvard) in volleyball; Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Arizona), Khalil Bedart-Ghani (Yale) and Austin Hatch (Michigan) in basketball; Daniel Lopez (San Diego) in golf; Nathan Hadley (UCLA), Quinn Brodey (Stanford), Kyle Beadles (Arizona) and Angelo Armenta (USC) in baseball.

--12:20 p.m.

Corona Centennial basketball Coach Josh Giles said 6-foot-5 Deontae North has committed with Long Beach State and will sign.

--11:18 a.m.

Glendora's dynamic baseball duo of D.J. Peters and Eric Flores signed with Cal State Fullerton and Arizona, respectively.

--11:17 a.m.

UCLA's pitching staff is about to get a big boost with the expected signing of Loyola's Nathan Hadley, Los Alamitos' Jacob Nix, Santa Margarita's Griffin Canning and Damien's Grant Hockin.

--10:42 a.m.

Namon Wright, the standout guard from Pacific Hills who helped the Bruins win a state championship last season, has signed with Missouri.

--9:53 a.m.

La Puente Bishop Amat has four signees: softball player Amanda Sanchez (Missouri) and baseball players Andrew Eppenbach (San Diego State), Alex Garcia (UC Santa Barbara) and Scott Hurst (Cal State Fullerton).

--9:30 a.m.

It was a big morning at Orange Lutheran, where nine students signed. They include baseball players Josh Morgan (UCLA), Garett King (Nebraska), Joey Sanchez (Long Beach State), Ryan Schroth (Pennsylvania), softball player Samantha Arentis (Wisconsin-Madison) girls' volleyball players Taylor Wheatley (USC), Kaityln Gibbons (Yale) and Emily Blair (UC Irvine) and girls' basketball player Jessie Nowicki (Cal State San Marcos).

--9:15 a.m.

At Encino Crespi, athletes got together for a group signing. Chasen Genurowsky signed with St. Mary's for baseball. Armett Johnson signed with Utah for baseball. DJ Ursery signed with Pacific for basketball. Montana Giffen signed with Adams State for lacrosse.

--9:07 a.m.

One player not signing Wednesday is Santa Ana Mater Dei basketball standout Stanley Johnson. ESPN started promoting on Tuesday night that Johnson would appear on the ESPNU signing show on Friday to announce his college choice. He has been considering Arizona, Kentucky and USC.

--8:45 a.m.

You can mark down Norco as one of the top softball teams for this spring based on the fact four players signed Wednesday morning. They were infielder Ashley Goodwin (Ohio State), outfielder Amanda Sandoval (Cal Poly SLO), first baseman Savannah Clark (Colorado State) and pitcher Kristen Voller (Cal State Fullerton).

--7:21 a.m.

One new trend has been parents sending their athletic sons and daughters to small schools preparing them for college. Jonah Texeira, a senior at Capistrano Connections Academy, is signing with USC for golf. Sando Feng, a senior from China attending Pacific Academy in Irvine, is signing with UC Irvine for men's volleyball.

---7:02 a.m.

Jack Williams, the 6-foot-9 senior basketball player at West Hills Chaminade, signed with Long Beach State. He's expected to be one of the top rebounders in Southern California this season. "Officially signed to Long Beach State. The recruiting process is over!! I'm going to college! Best feeling ever," Williams said via Twitter.

--6:50 a.m.

At Woodland Hills El Camino Real, basketball standout Evan Wardlow will go into the gym at lunch time and sign with Santa Clara. Diver Ciara Monahan will be in the principal's office at 8:15 a.m. signing with UCLA. At fourth period, McKenna Arriola will be at the softfield field to sign with Oregon State. During fifth period, baseball player Hayden Rappoport will sign with Dartmouth.

Chino Hills will have six baseball players signing. At Loyola, baseball players Quinn Brodey (Stanford), Nathan Hadley (UCLA) and Kyle Beadles (Arizona) will be getting lots of Pac-12 love and maybe offer a little trash talking, because they're going to be rivals in another year.

At L.A. Windward, the nation's No. 1 girls' point guard, Jordin Canada, will sign with UCLA. Teammate Kristen Simon will sign with USC.

At Compton, basketball standouts Isaiah Bailey (Fresno State) and Kyron Cartwright (Loyola Marymount) will end their recruiting.

At JSerra,  baseball players Parker Joe-Robinson (Texas) and Clay Chatham (Darmouth) will join swimmer Rebecca Millard (Texas) in a signing ceremony. Also, three lacrosse players are signing _ Mitch Kingsley (Hofstra), Brendan Lynch (Hofstra) and Tucker Guyot (Jacksonville).

Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

 

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