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Yucaipa High’s honorees (left to right:) Sammy Mendoza (Grand View University), Delaney Saugsted (Colorado State), Rylie Bloomfield (Tarleton State), Emily Gonzalez (Southern Utah), Carter Herrera (Cal State Fullerton), Jacob Reimer (Washington), Wyatt Doty (Cal State San Bernardino), Peyton Von Kaenel (Concordia University of Irvine) and Chase Antillon (Cal Baptist University).

A sizable contingent of area athletes signed NCAA National Letters of Intent last week and expressed joy. Yucaipa, paced by its juggernaut baseball program, is sending nine student-athletes to the college ranks on scholarship. The Thunderbird signees are: Chase Antillon (Cal Baptist, baseball), Rylie Bloomfield (Tarleton State, girls soccer), Wyatt Doty (Cal State San Bernardino, baseball), Emily Gonzalez (Southern Utah, softball), Carter Herrera (Cal State Fullerton, baseball), Jacob Reimer (Washington, baseball), Delaney Saugsted (Colorado State, softball), Peyton Von Kaenel (Concordia University of Irvine, baseball), and Sammy Mendoza (Grand View of Iowa, wrestling). “This was an exciting moment that I was able to share with my friends and family,” said Doty, a senior pitcher, who helped the Thunderbirds to another Citrus Belt League title last spring. Said Doty’s father, Jason: “We are excited that Wyatt gets the opportunity to continue playing baseball.” Wyatt is the grandson of John Doty who played with the late Ken Hubbs on the Colton Little League team that played for the national title in 1954, losing by two runs to a team from New York. John went on to star at Colton High in multi sports and play football at Brigham Young University. He has a park in San Bernardino named in his honor. About 150 attended the Yucaipa signing ceremony. Saugsted, who also plays volleyball, was thrilled to sign with Colorado State. “Signing my NLI means everything to me,” she said. “I felt like all my hard work has finally paid off. I get to go to an incredible university with amazing coaches and an awesome team. It was a moment that I will remember forever. I couldn’t have done it without my parents, coaches, and all my teammates, and I can’t wait to be a Ram.” Said her softball teammate Gonzales, “All the hard work and dedication finally paid off.” Yucaipa athletic director Matt Carpenter is delighted to send such a large group onto the next level. “I think it’s awesome,” he said. “It’s great recognition of the hard work put in by the athletes, families and coaches. This is the most we’ve had at one time in my five years for sure, and most I can remember during my time at Yucaipa. I’m so proud of our athletes.” Signing with Upper Iowa College was Aquinas softball player Elieana Navarro. Beaumont had two signees – volleyball player Vivian Lisboa to Stevens Institute of Technology and swimmer Cheyanne Summers to Fresno State. Lisboa led Beaumont to the Citrus Belt League title. Citrus Valley had two athletes put pen to paper – soccer player Lindsay Chau to the University of San Francisco and Jared Snyder to Long Beach State. Snyder paced the Blackhawks to their first section title in baseball last spring.

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