Local athletes sign with colleges

Local athletes sign with colleges
Edison High's Kyler Arenado, left, has committed to play baseball at UC Davis. ((Christine Cotter | Daily Pilot))

On the first day of the final signing period of the year in sports outside of football, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s water polo, many local seniors committed to colleges on Wednesday.


In baseball, Edison infielder Kyler Arenado and pitcher Jared Sasaki signed a national letter of intent with UC Davis, an NCAA Division I program, while Sage Hill pitcher Brett Super (Pomona-Pitzer) and outfielder Jack Pelc (University of Puget Sound) are bound to NCAA Division III schools. Last season, Super and Pelc led Sage Hill to a CIF Southern Section Division 6 title, the program’s first section crown.

Three members from the Edison girls’ volleyball team winning the CIF State Division I title in December are playing on the next level. Hannah Phair is playing women’s beach volleyball at NCAA Division I UCLA.


Dani Dennison signed with Texas Christian University, an NCAA Division I women’s indoor program. Her twin sister, Cassidy Dennison, is going to Cal Baptist University, an NCAA Division II women’s volleyball program in Riverside.

Two volleyball players — Fountain Valley’s Amy Hinnant and Marina’s Abby Hills — committed to NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific University.

Edison’s Trent Williams is going to Cal Baptist to play for the NCAA Division I men’s volleyball program.

Four Marina lacrosse players committed, Kevin Arent with Belmont Abbey College, an NCAA Division II program in North Carolina, Eric Rymer with Elmhurst College, an NCAA Division III program in Illinois, Brandon Villescas with Concordia University Wisconsin, an NCAA Division III program, and Kevin Van Nattan with San Diego State, a Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Assn. Division I program.

Edison lacrosse players Evan Siegel and Andrew Moore committed to MCLA Division I programs. Siegel is heading to Grand Canyon University in Arizona and Moore to Sonoma State University.


There was no Newport Rib Co. Classic champion this year, but hosts CdM and Estancia played well.

The Sea Kings (14-4) won each of their four games in the tournament, which ended Wednesday. In the last 18 innings, CdM did not allow a run. Pitchers Dylan Heckle (two innings), Cade Snider (two), Chazz Martinez (seven), Tommy Wilcox (four) and Alex Shadid (three) have been involved in the scoreless streak.

The Eagles (11-8) claimed three of their four games. Their only setback was the opener, a 4-3 loss to Soquel.

Estancia Coach Nate Goellrich said Brian Rodriguez is 14 hits away from breaking Estancia’s single-season hit record of 42 set by Jeff Gardner in 1982. Rodriguez went seven for 12 during the Newport Rib Co. Classic, and he’s batting .453 on the season.

The junior has at least nine games left in the regular season to surpass Gardner, who went on to play in the big leagues.

Costa Mesa (8-13), the other local team in the tournament, went 0-4.


The 58th edition of the Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game won’t take place this summer.

For the first time since 1962, the annual charity game will not be played. Organizers cancelled the charity football game because they couldn’t secure a venue, date and major sponsor, said Phil Anton, the longtime coordinator of the game.

Brethren Christian Coach Pat McInally was slated to lead the South against the North at Orange Coast College on June 30. McInally played in the OC All-Star Game in 1971, when he represented Villa Park.


Huntington Beach, the top-ranked baseball team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, opens the Boras Classic South tournament against La Verne Damien at Mater Dei on Tuesday at noon.

Two of the top-five ranked programs in the state by are in the tournament, No. 2 Chatsworth and No. 3 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. The 16-team tournament ends next Friday, with the final at JSerra at 6 p.m.


Sage Hill sophomore standout Edward Pelc has committed to the University of San Diego baseball program, said Coach Dominic Campeau.

Pelc, a left-handed hitter, started Thursday batting .386 with 18 runs batted in, 18 walks and 15 stolen bases.


Edison is holding its annual poker tournament to support its athletic programs and students at the Huntington Beach Elks Lodge on April 29.

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