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Twenty-Nine Lions Sign Letters of Intent

Twenty-Nine Lions Sign Letters of Intent

Oaks Christian School celebrated the athletic accomplishments of 29 student-athletes who made their commitments to continue their sport at the collegiate level during the annual National Signing Day ceremony on Feb. 7.

National Signing Day is a national event, with schools across the country holding ceremonies to honor high school student-athletes signing National Letters of Intent to play at the next level. Per the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), an average of just seven percent of high school athletes have the privilege of continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. The 29 Lions who signed join that impressive group of student-athletes nationwide. 

“I am excited for our student-athletes and the journey that lies ahead as they further their athletic careers,” said Head of Athletics Dr. Brad Cook. “The endurance and focus they have displayed to get to this season of life is commendable. I hope that our student-athletes remember that they are truly loved by their families, coaches, and the Oaks Christian community.”

Cook further challenged the students to fall back on their faith as they enter college, where so much comparison happens. He referenced the Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) policy changes impacting the world of collegiate athletics. Rather than focus on the monetization of NIL, he implored the student athletes to remember that the real NIL is bearing the name of Jesus, being made in God’s image and being conformed to the likeness of Jesus.

The annual event was held in the Dallas Athletic Facility, where over 100 family members, teachers, and students witnessed the athletes sign letters of commitment to their future colleges.

Six athletes from the softball team signed, which was the largest group from one program. I’lovea Brittingham signed to attend Brigham Young, Emelia Davis to Columbia, Kamryn Guthrie to Biola, Lily Knox to Louisiana-Lafayette, Rylee McCoy to Oregon and Sienna Reynolds to Yale.

The football team also had six athletes commit. Nate Bennett graduated in December and is attending Baylor University, and was not at National Signing Day, but was still honored. Chase Farell signed to go to Stanford, Enzo Hall to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Holden Lee to Brown University, Justice Williams to Washington and Prince Williams to San Diego State.

Four boys’ water polo players and one girls’ water polo player are committed to playing at the next level. Aiden Neuron is going to California Baptist, Nehemiah Pavoggi is going to Southern California, Sean O’Neill is going to Fordham and Jovan Udovicic is going to Bucknell. On the girls’ team, Katie Nungester is headed to California Baptist.

Three members of the boys’ golf team signed letters of intent on Wednesday: Jared Abercrombie is going to California Baptist, Nicholas Benton to California State University, Fullerton and Eddie Ren is going to the University of Rochester.

In the cross country program, two girls are headed to the next level. Payton Godsey is headed to Northern Arizona for both track and cross country. Grace Geyer is going to Duke to run both track and cross country as well.

Sisters Imani and Niya Clayton are going to run track at San Jose State and Oregon, respectively. And their brother, Elijah is going to the University of California, Berkeley to play baseball. This is the first time a set of triplets has been honored at signing day together in Oaks Christian history.

Along with Elijah Clayton, Grayden Levin (Brown University) and Christopher Tampoya (San Diego State) also committed from the baseball team.Girls’ soccer and girls’ basketball each had one player commit. Sarah Spears is committed to playing soccer at Pepperdine University, while Brooklyn Shamblin will play basketball at Southern California.