It was a special day at Arroyo Grande High School for four student-athletes as they signed their National Letters of Intent Thursday afternoon during a ceremony held inside the school’s gymnasium.
Track & field star Justice Fair will be heading to Long Beach State University to continue his career on the oval. Fair was the Mountain League champion in the 110-meter hurdles, long jump, and high jump.
“It’s a really big deal, honestly. I’ve always pursued track, and I’m really glad that I get to do it at the collegiate level, D1 bound,” Fair said.
Bryan Smith, the Mountain League boys basketball ‘Player of the Year’, will continue his career on the court for Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
“It’s a dream-come-true, you know. I’ve worked so hard for it,” Smith said. “I got a great opportunity so I’m going to make the most of it. This community has been such a great place to grow up, and it’s helped me a lot. It’s great to have them all here supporting me.”
On the mat, Isaac Kephart, the CIF Central Section’s Division 3 132-pound champion, will continue his wrestling career at Life Pacific College in San Dimas, California.
“You know, it meant everything. It meant that all the years of hard work have finally paid off, the blood, sweat, and tears that I’ve put into wrestling,” Kephart said. “It’s something that I can do for the next four years.”
And lastly, AGHS quarterback Kadin Byrne. Byrne will continue his career under center for the University of Redlands in San Bernardino Valley.
“It’s always been a dream,” Byrne said. “I’ve always wanted to get to the next level. I’m thankful that Redlands gave me the opportunity. I didn’t think I’d be here this fast, but I’m happy it ended up this way.”