H-SPORTS

Jun 4, 2012 8:52 PM by Andrew Masuda

AG High senior athletes are in a league of their own

Arroyo Grande High School's Class of 2012 has emerged as a class in its own league.

Twenty-eight student-athletes have earned scholarships or walk-on opportunities at four-year universities. That is four times more than any other Central Coast high school.

"It just shows the dedication the coaches have for us, all the teachers, parents that support us. The dedication that all of us kids have for sports," said Garrett Owens. The kicker, with a 4.09 GPA, will play football at Oregon State.

The group includes football players headed to Oregon State, Oklahoma State and Willamette. Athletes are also headed to Cal Poly, UC Irvine, UC Davis, Oregon, Harvard and several other programs nationwide at the Division I, II and III levels. "It doesn't surprise me as much. I know how good our class is. It's really impressive to me though how amazing all of our students are, all of our athletes," said Tulane-bound swimmer Amelia Schachter.

The Eagles earned ten league championships, two CIF titles, two runner-up finishes in CIF and countless, unforgettable moments along the way.

When asked what his favorite memory was of his senior year, two-sport star Brent VanderVeen said the answer was easy. " Definitely football and winning CIF. Just all the great memories we had. The number of hours we spent just with each other, we're such a close group," said VanderVeen, who was the quarterback on the Eagles' first CIF champion football team in 13 years and led the basketball team to its first title game since 1970.

"I always knew our class had talented athletes. This year, we just actually proved it," said Harvard-bound tennis star Jordan Hayashi. Boasting a 4.53 GPA, Hayashi, the class valedictorian, is one of six athletes who rank in the top ten of the graduating class in grade point average.

The group's success off the field is another source of pride. "It's really important for our class. We're obviously noticed for our athletics and everything but we're top 150 in the state of California, which is a huge accomplishment," said Seth Jacobs, who is headed to Oklahoma State to play football.

Administrators say AG athletics enjoyed its most successful year since 1990. The group KSBY assembled in the Arroyo Grande High gymnasium represents 28 reasons why.

The flock of Eagles cannot wait to soar to that next level.

Atascadero and Righetti High Schools rank second on the list with seven athletes each who have committed to compete at four year universities.

The list of 28 from Arroyo Grande High.

Shannon Dudley, Emmanuel College, volleyball
Emma Weinreich, University of North Dakota, basketball
Kimberly Johnson, UC Davis, water polo
Sara Honegger, Oklahoma State, rodeo
Amelia Schachter, Tulane University, swimming
Jillian Compton, Fresno State, softball
Katie Sverchek, Arizona State, water polo
Doug Merrin, Cal Poly, golf
Sonny Fierro, Cal Poly, golf
Brent VanderVeen, Oregon State, football
Brandon Berguia, Long Beach State, track
Jordan Morrison, UC Irvine, baseball
Garrett Owens, Oregon State, football
Garrett Weinreich, Oregon State, football
Jordan Hayashi, Harvard, tennis
Tanner Howard, UCSB, volleyball
Seth Jacobs, Oklahoma State, football
Mario Herrera, Sacramento State, soccer
Emily Johnston, Sacramento State, cross country/track
Hannah Stevens, Point Loma, cross country/track
David Avila, Cal Lutheran, Cross Country/track
Heather Madrigal, Cal Poly, basketball
Jessica Morosoli, Cal Poly, track
Gunnar Gomez, Champman, basketball
Jackson Zimmerman, Oregon, track
Gabe DeLeon, Willamette, football
Sam Adelman, Willamette, soccer
Henry Adelman, Willamette, football

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