Athletic History Made on Signing Day
Athletic History Made on Signing Day

Additionally, at the time of the ceremony 20 more students had yet to officially commit to a school, upping the potential number to sign from one OCS senior class to an unprecedented 50 student-athletes.

The annual event is traditionally held in the Disciples Chapel but was moved to the Dallas Athletic Facility to accommodate the increased number of family and friends attending.

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"We are just thrilled to have the largest group ever signing today," said Athletic Director Jan Hethcock. "It's a testimony to the athletes' hard work and discipline, but also their coaches and families who have supported them all the way."

The event also marked two other historic milestones. It was the end of an era for the Owusu family whose five OCS students have signed to play college sports. Senior and 6'6" linebacker-defensive end Michael Owusu signed with Vanderbilt, following in the footsteps of his four alumni siblings. Brothers Francis and Chris signed as receivers with Stanford, brother Brian played defensive back at Harvard and sister Crystal played basketball at Columbia.

"Our family has been so blessed to have these opportunities," Michael shared, "Some people never get even one, so I am humbled by this. The future is bright and I am looking forward to it."

Venerated Football Coach Bill Redell—who built the powerhouse OCS football program in the school's early days—also closed a historic loop, witnessing his own grandson, Danny, sign with University of San Diego football program.

"It's amazing how time goes by in a blink. I am proud to stand here today with Danny," he said.

The Lions football program had the largest group signing to play college ball. Colby Parkinson will be heading to Stanford. Anthony Burgos will play for University of La Verne; Devon Calloway goes to San Jose State; Nicolo Difronzo signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Brandon LaBrie will play for the South Dakota School of Mines; Grant Marcketta heads to Washington University in St. Louis; Shea Pitts will be a Bruin at UCLA; Harrison Turlington will play for the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

Track and field will send three standouts to join the Trojan family at USC: Lauren Rain Williams, Cassidy Palka and Nick Moore.

Talented baseball players signing included Jack Aldrich playing for Santa Clara; Adam Kerner heading south to University of San Diego; Holden Christian going to Loyola Marymount; Dane Morrow playing for the Pepperdine Waves and Carson Rudd signing with Stanford.

The sister duo of Kayla and Sarah Ketring will continue their softball careers together at University of Pennsylvania.

Gifted soccer players signing included two girls and two boys: Karisma Carmichael will play for Kansas State; Lauren Marcarelli will remain a Lion but now at Loyola Marymount; Jackson Cybulski signed with Biola and Ian Hartford with Seattle University.

Signing honors for lacrosse players included Brooke Bryan heading to Liberty University and teammate Sarah Spaeth signing with Chapman.

Basketball, tennis, water polo and volleyball each celebrated with a solo, talented athlete. Sydney Boyer will begin her college basketball career at Princeton University; Sophie Bendetti will play tennis for UCLA; Regan Dinovitz joins the Claremont McKenna women's volleyball team and Matthew Outcalt will join the Pepperdine men's water polo team.