May 8, 2013 9:23 PM by Andrew Masuda
Five Arroyo Grande High seniors were honored on Wednesday for earning the opportunities to compete at four year universities. That brings the total to at least eleven Arroyo Grande athletes, who've received chances to compete at the next level, which ranks number one among Central Coast high schools. Last year, nearly thirty Eagles earned opportunities to become college athletes at four year universities.
Pac 7 League MVP Mitch Martin signed a national letter of intent to golf at Cal Poly. "I travel to tournaments all over the state and nothing is like San Luis. So it's pretty fortunate to have a college like that here," said Martin. "If I'm playing well next year I think I'll be able to play on the team as a freshman, which would be big." Cal Poly finished tied for ninth at the Big West Conference Championships this year.
Martin is in the middle of an historic run for the Eagles. He shot a 3-under par 69 on Monday to lead the Eagles to the program's first-ever CIF title. Arroyo Grande edged Rio Mesa by one stroke in the Central Coast Divisional at Cypress Ridge Golf Course. Martin also helped secure the Eagles first league title since 1995.
Water polo star Alexis Elias earned a scholarship to Cal State Northridge. The Matadors are coming off a 23-12 season where they finished ranked 14th in the nation.
Originally, Elias planned to go to Colorado State only to learn the school was cutting its women's water polo program. Fortunately, the head coach at CSUN Marcelo Leonardi gave her an opportunity. He is also the coach for Elias' Olympic Development Program team. "I decided I would test it out to test the waters and see if I liked it. I went on a recruiting trip there and I loved it and with the team and everything," said Elias, who was named the Pac 7 MVP in the winter and earned All-CIF honors. She led the Eagles with 68 goals to go with 35 steals and 12 assists. Arroyo Grande captured its 10th straight Pac 7 League title and extended its league winning streak to 100 games. Elias helped the Eagles finish 24-8 overall and a berth in the CIF semifinals.
After playing soccer and running track and cross country for the Eagles, Laura Greene decided to enter uncharted waters. Greene officially accepted an opportunity to join the crew team at Oregon State. The program competes in the Pac-12 Conference and has produced three US Olympians. Because of her size, Greene will be a coxswain for a boat, which means she will sit at the stern, steer and coordinate the power and rhythm of the rowers.
"I was going to play soccerat Willamette or Cal Lutheran. But I decided that after 14 years of playing it was time to do something new. So when the rowing opportunity came up it was the perfect plan," said Greene, who plans to major in athletic training at OSU. She admits she has never rowed in a boat before other than outrigger racing.
Brennan Rivera earned a chance to play wide receiver Division III football at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. The Bearcats finished 8-2 last season and third in the Northwest Conference.
"I still have higher goals for myself. But it's the next step. So I'm proud of myself for that. I'm glad that I could get there and I just wanted to take advantage of it as much as possible," said Rivera, who plans to major in psychology. Brennan will join former AG star Henry Adelman and other local products Dylan Jones and JT Wells on the Bearcats.
Rivera earned All-League honors his senior season after he caught 47 passes for 584 yards and 7 touchdowns for the co-league champion Eagles.
Boys tennis star Sean Hollister was part of the festivities after he received a scholarship to play at UC Santa Cruz. The Banana Slugs have won three NCAA Division III titles since 2005. Hollister said he chose UCSC after considering programs like Claremont McKenna and UC San Diego. "I just really liked the atmosphere up there and I really like the program and I'm just comfortable in general up at Santa Cruz," said Hollister.
Sean is part of the tennis team's senior class that went a perfect 48-0 in Pac 7 matches and won four straight league titles. The team went 82-14 overall. Hollister finished second in the League Singles Tournament for the last three years, losing to teammate Eli Whittle each time. Whittle committed to Brown.
Hollister has posted incredible numbers prior to the CIF playoffs with a record of 116-8 in league matches and 210-33 overall.
Whittle, who opted not to take part in the ceremony, finished 100-1 in league matches and 214-13 overall. Whittle won four-straight Pac 7 League singles titles.
Other members of AG High's Class of 2013 who have received opportunities at four year colleges are Madison Jacobs ( Kentucky track and field), Alyssa Koenig (Utah, volleyball), Nadine Reed ( Arizona State soccer), Hannah Wadlow (Sonoma State water polo) and Mallory Flatebo ( Cal State Bernadino soccer).
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