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Huntington Beach diamond prospects headline local signings

Huntington Beach High’s Josh Hahn (9) waits as starting pitcher Eddie Pelc (4) throws Los Alamitos’
Huntington Beach High’s Josh Hahn (9) waits as starting pitcher Edward Pelc (4) throws Los Alamitos’ Ethan Overby (5) out at first base in the third inning of a Sunset League game on May 2.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

National signing day provided insight into the strength of the area on the diamond.

Many local high school seniors signed a national letter of intent to play baseball and softball in college on Wednesday.

Leading the way was Huntington Beach, which had nine players commit to a college baseball program. Among them, Daily Pilot Dream Team Player of the Year Josh Hahn will be heading to UCLA, while fellow Dream Team selection Edward Pelc will be joining the University of San Diego program.

As a junior, Hahn hit .344 with five home runs and 23 runs batted in while posting a 1.037 OPS. Hahn, a left-hander, also finished 3-1 with two saves and a 1.88 earned-run average.


Pelc strung together a streak of 16 consecutive scoreless innings during his junior season. The left-hander went 5-0 with a 0.24 ERA.

The Oilers also had seven softball players sign a national letter of intent, headlined by Washington-bound center fielder Jadelyn Allchin. The speedy outfielder hit .457, adding 34 runs scored and 18 stolen bases as a junior. She also produced 13 doubles, seven home runs and four triples out of the leadoff spot.

In July, Allchin helped her club team, the O.C. Batbusters Stith, reach the Premier Girls Fastpitch 18U Premier national championship game.

Marina corner infielder Shayla Thomas (Cal State Northridge) and second baseman Nicole Logrecco (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) will also be continuing their softball careers in college.


Skyler Magula is a standout among the Vikings’ signees. The Daily Pilot Boys’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year committed to Cal for men’s pole vault in December.

Magula placed fifth in the CIF State finals, establishing a new personal-best mark of 15 feet, 10 inches.

Edison linebacker Luke Hoggard, who shared the Sunset League Defensive Player of the Year award, committed to play football for the University of Pennsylvania. He had a team-high 115 tackles this season, and he was a member of the South roster in the Orange County All-Star Classic last month.

Huntington Beach setter Aidan Knipe signed with the Long Beach State men’s volleyball program, where his father, Alan, is the head coach. The 49ers won the NCAA national championship last season.

Newport Harbor’s Jake Liechty (UC Irvine), Jonny Rimlinger (Loyola Marymount University) and Makana Sanita (Long Beach State) will continue their water polo careers in college.

Below is the list of local athletes who committed on Wednesday:



Jadelyn Allchin, Washington softball

Brett Barrera, Stanford baseball

Andie Belme, Cardinal Stritch University softball

Anna Carleton, U.S. Coast Guard Academy women’s soccer

Lauren Cox, Vanguard University softball

Harrison Dean, San Diego State men’s lacrosse

Nicca Falah, UC San Diego women’s water polo

Josh Hahn, UCLA baseball


Courtney Heydorff, UC Santa Barbara women’s water polo

Alyssa Hornback, Sonoma State women’s soccer

Aidan Knipe, Long Beach State men’s volleyball

Dylan MacDonald, Aurora University men’s lacrosse

Katelyn Mangrello, UC Santa Barbara softball

Cole Minato, Gonzaga baseball

Lars Mitchel, Colorado State men’s cross-country and track and field

Kekoa Nelson, Cal State Dominguez Hills women’s soccer

Edward Pelc, University of San Diego baseball

Dylan Ramirez, Cal State San Marcos baseball

Valerie Rudd, Abilene Christian University softball

Megan Ryono, Columbia softball

Kelly Ryono, Illinois softball

Ken Takada, Cal State San Marcos baseball

Nick Upstill, San Francisco State baseball

Eric Van Allen, Concordia University of Portland baseball

Michael Vergara, Bowdoin College men’s tennis

Jeremy Wiegman, Cal State San Marcos baseball

Jack Wiseman, UC San Diego men’s track and field

Shanna Zuanich, La Salle University women’s water polo

Marina High’s Skyler Magula, left, Rhys Lewis, Shayla Thomas, Nicole Logrecco, Kerryn Stigar, Dylan Holt and Austin Hallman committed to their respective colleges on Wednesday.
(Courtesy of Michelle Spencer)


Austin Hallman, George Fox University baseball

Dylan Holt, Chapman baseball

Rhys Lewis, Bethany men’s soccer

Nicole Logrecco, Worcester Polytechnic Institute softball

Skyler Magula, Cal men’s track and field

Kerryn Stigar, Midland University women’s soccer

Shayla Thomas, Cal State Northridge softball


Jake Liechty, UC Irvine men’s water polo

Mariana Miller, Concordia University of Ann Arbor women’s lacrosse

Jonny Rimlinger, Loyola Marymount University men’s water polo

Makana Sanita, Long Beach State men’s water polo


Samantha Araiza, Sterling College softball

Sara Feitz, Concordia University women’s cross-country and track and field

Isabella Guerra, Benedictine College women’s cross-country and track and field

Samantha Valdez, Vanguard University women’s soccer


Pete DiBernardo, UC Santa Barbara men’s golf

Luke Hoggard, Pennsylvania football

Mikaila Pancino, UC San Diego softball

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