SJND Student-Athletes Declare College Choices

Courtesy photo    Eight student-athletes from St. Joseph Notre Dame High School signed up with their official colleges of choice at a ceremony held Wednesday, April 17.

Eight St. Joseph Notre Dame student-athletes made their college choices final at a signing day ceremony on the school’s campus Wednesday, April 17.

Family, friends and school employees gathered at the school’s auditorium to celebrate the college choices of Marcus Abendanio, Caroline Bridges, Jason De Ocampo, Hudson Hennigh, Emily Perez, Richard Reid, Andrea Rodgers and Julian Vaughns.

Abendanio will compete in men’s track-and-field collegiately at Marymount California University in Rancho Palas Verdes. The Mariners are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and compete in the California Pacific Conference (CalPac). Abendanio has competed on the Pilot track team all four years of high school and this year he, along with his teammates, won the 4x100-meter race in the Bay County East League meet on March 5.

Bridges will play softball at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The Lions play in the West Coast Conference. As a junior Bridges was part of the Pilots’ Div. IV North Coast Section (NCS) title team. Last year she went 9-0 as a pitcher with a 0.91 ERA and accumulated a .464 batting average while driving in 20 runs. 

Ocampo will play on the men’s golf team at Holy Names University in Oakland. The Hawks compete in Div. II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and play in the Pacific West Conference. 

Hennigh will play baseball collegiately at Pitzer College in Claremont. Pitzer student-athletes play on joint athletic teams with nearby Pomona College. The team competes in the NCAA Div. III in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Hennigh batted .347 as a junior. 

Perez will compete in track-and-field/cross-country next year at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. Perez signed her letter of intent last fall (“SJND Athlete Makes College Choice,” Nov. 22, 2018). Perez helped the Pilots earn NCS Div. V cross-country titles as a freshman and sophomore. She had the best individual time in last year’s NCS title race. She completed the three-mile distance in 17:43.20.

Reid will be a member of the men’s rowing team next year at Harvard University in Boston, Mass. Harvard’s men’s rowing team is traditionally one of the best collegiate rowing teams in the country. Reid is a member of the Oakland Strokes rowing team.

Rodgers will play on the UC Merced women’s basketball team next fall. The Golden Bobcats are part of the NAIA and compete in the CalPac. This year the Pilots advanced to the Div. III women’s basketball title game, but lost, 58-54, to Salesian Preparatory. The Pilots won the NCS Div. IV women’s basketball title last year. 

Vaughns will play on the CSU Chico men’s basketball team next year. CSU Chico is a Div. II school that is a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Vaugns played for the Pilot men’s basketball team the last two years. The team qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation state tournament in both years.