Champion’s Quest held their 11th annual Awards Night, acknowledging the 2015 senior class, who will be going off to play their sport at their dream college. This year included a very diverse group of seniors. There was a total amount of 14 outstanding senior student-athletes who have committed themselves to experience what they have always dreamed of and what they have worked so hard towards- Collegiate Athletics! Some interesting facts about this class is that only 2 of the seniors are staying in-state colleges in California and only 4 of the seniors are competing at the NCAA Division 1 level. The mentoring coaches helped the athletes through numerous academic and athletic options to find the “right college fit” for each student-athlete. The four major components for these athletes in searching for the most desired and fitting college included: academic standards, athletic standards, financial aid (scholarship) and the emotional attachment to the college. With the 2015 senior class attending 12 different states, Champion’s Quest is proud to acknowledge their achievements in attaining their goals and going forward into the next step of their athletic career.
Baseball – Bryan Smith out of Millikan High School has worked superbly hard to gain the attention of many college recruiters and will continue his baseball career at Midland University, competing at the NAIA level. This small, private university has about 1,200 students attending and is located in the large town of Fremont, Nebraska.
Football – Will Brines from Valley Christian High School will continue his football career at St. John’s University, a small, private all-men university with about 1,800 students located in Collegeville, Minnesota. He will compete at the NCAA Division III level.
Softball – There are three athletes who will carry on their legacy with their softball careers. The first two student-athletes are teammates and great friends in competitive travel softball and will be facing off in rival colleges.
First, we have Faith Canfield who attended Pacifica High School. She will be competing at the NCAA Division I level at the University of Michigan, a large, public university with about 28,000 students in Ann Arbor, Michgan.
The second softball star is Katya Duvall from Los Alamitos High School. She will pitch for the Ohio State University, at the NCAA Division I level. OSU is a large, public university that contains around 48,000 students attending and is located in the large city Columbus, Ohio.
Thirdly, we have Sally Woolpert. Sally attends Los Alamitos High School at the moment and has worked extremely hard. She has not yet decided where she will be going for softball, but she is deciding between two universities.
Soccer – This year, the soccer list is stellar all because these girls are focused and succeeded in obtaining their dream to play at the collegiate level.
First, we have Mikaela Malsy out of Oceanview High School. Mikaela has committed to Whittier College, a small private college with about 1,700 students and is located in the small city of Whittier, California. She will be competing at the NCAA Division III level.
Next on the superb soccer list is Kira Negrete. She has attended Lakewood High School and had a great career there; she will continue her amazing soccer career at the beautiful Pacific University. Pacific University is a small, private university with about 1,900 students located in the town of Forest Grove, Oregon. She will be competing at the NCAA Division III level.
Continuing on with our soccer athletes we have Elizabeth Noble who played soccer at Long Beach Wilson High School, a very good and high intensity program. She found the perfect fit to extend her college career at Emerson College. This school is a private institution with about 3,800 students and is located in the excellent city of Boston, Massachusetts. She will be competing at the NCAA Division III level.
The next hard-working soccer player is Mia Ota. She attended Pacifica High School and has committed to pursue her career at Central Christian College competing at the NAIA level. Central Christian College is located in the large town of McPherson, Kansas; the college is a small, private college with about 1,000 students so she will be able to have an amazing college career while having an amazing college education.
Rachel Pokipala is next on the list of this admirable senior class. She had a great 4- year soccer career at Los Alamitos High School despite having a very rocky senior year due to injury but with her persistent attitude, she is able to say that she has committed to Westmont College to pursue her dream of being a collegiate athlete. Westmont College is located in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, California. The college is a small, private college with about 1,300 students so the athletic and academic achievements will come hand in hand. She will be competing at the NAIA level.
Heidi Snyder is another solid soccer athlete that comes from Mayfair High School. Her hard work here at CQ and on and off the field has paid off because she has committed to the University of Tampa. The University of Tampa is a medium- sized private university with about 7,000 students. The university is located in Tampa, Florida and she will compete at the NCAA Division II level.
Last but not least, we have Amber Whitmore in the loop. Amber Whitmore also attended Los Alamitos High School and had an unbelievable 4-year career in the soccer program there. She has had her heart set on Middle Tennessee State for years now and she has officially committed there. Middle Tennessee State is located in the small city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and is a large, public university with about 20,000 students. Amber will be competing at the NCAA Division I level.
Volleyball – We have two athletes here at CQ who will pursue their volleyball careers at the collegiate level. First, we have Amanda Von Gries. She has played volleyball at Cypress High School and will pursue her collegiate dream at Graceland University. The university is located in Lamoni, Iowa and will be competing at the NAIA level. The university is a private institution with about 1,600 students.
Lastly, we have Cole Thompson. He had a great volleyball career while attending Los Alamitos High School and will extend his career and play at the next level at St. Francis. This is a small, private university with about 1,800 students located in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He will compete at the NCAA Division I level.
Congrats to the 2015 senior student-athletes who will pursue their dream and accomplished their goal of playing at the next level – College. We wish you all the best at that level! Any tips, advice, or anything else between that, call CQ at 562-598-2600, or come in for a last visit! If you don’t have a lot of time for a personal visit, you can always visit the CQ website at http://championsquest.com/. Again, good luck to all you athletes!!