By Jenelyn Russo     3/31/2021

The celebration of high school senior athletes who have committed to playing their respective sports at the collegiate level continued on Feb. 3, as Mater Dei High School and JSerra Catholic High School both held safe ceremonies on campus.   

Mater Dei saw 10 student-athletes commit across four sports, including three from the Monarchs’ football program.  

Offensive guard Terrence Caldwell will be playing for the Ivy League at Cornell University. Four-star outside linebacker Raesjon Davis signed with USC, and running back Marceese Yetts is headed to the United States Air Force Academy. 

From the baseball diamond, teammates Scott Morales and Chase Nichols both signed to continue their playing careers at California State University, San Bernardino. William Rice will play for Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. 

Mater Dei’s lacrosse program had three athletes sign college letters of intent. From the boys’ program, Tyler Curry committed to Grove City College. Monarch girls lacrosse player Lauren Friedman signed with Amherst College, and teammate Skyler Nielsen is headed to Columbia University. 

Rounding out Mater Dei’s list of signees was softball player Gabriella Heftved who will be continuing her playing career at Hamilton College.  

“It was such a great event,” says Mater Dei Athletic Director Amanda Waters. “The student-athletes and families enjoyed watching their athletes take the next step in their careers. This year has been tough for everyone, and to be able to give them this special event was truly priceless.” 

JSerra’s football program saw four of their senior athletes make commitments to continue their playing careers at the next level. 

Tight end Gary Morrison participated in a December signing day ceremony on campus, committing to Sacramento State University. Outside linebacker Jaden Genova is headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Offensive tackle Mason Murphy signed with USC, and Jordan Washington committed to Dartmouth University. 

“We are very proud of Mason, Jaden, Gary and Jordan for their efforts to earn scholarships to continue their athletic and academic careers,” says JSerra Football Head Coach Pat Harlow. “These young men are great ambassadors of our JSerra community. They have shown that hard work, determination and perseverance pay off. We wish them continued success and growth in their faith, intellect and character.” 

JSerra Athletic Director Chris Ledyard also extended well wishes to the senior Lions. 

“We want to congratulate Coach Harlow, JSerra Football and these fine young men on their signing on National Letter Intent Day,” says JSerra Athletic Director Chris Ledyard. “These are remarkable young men that epitomize JSerra football with grit, determination and hustle. It always is an honor to see these young men and women and all they aspire to be.”