Six Golden Eagles ink Letters of Intent

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By: Mike Ray
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Official signing day last Wednesday for high school athletes to sign National Letters of Intent saw six Del Oro student-athletes inking LOI’s in sports ranging from football to rugby to lacrosse.


Many times, athletes use the NCAA’s new signing period in December to make their college selections. However, with scholarships scarce in some sports other than at the major Division I schools, sometimes both athletes and schools need the extra time to make their selections.


At Del Oro, for instance, standout wide receiver-kick return specialist Johnny Guzman wasn’t offered a scholarship by Sacramento State coaches until just two weeks ago. Perhaps not on the radar of the former coaching staff, new head coach Troy Taylor didn’t hesitate in snatching up Guzman.


Guzman was one of 10 athletes who were signed by the Hornets on the Feb. 6 signing day. Other Del Oro football players moving on include Wyatt Berry (University of San Diego), Dawson Hurst (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) and kicker Ryan Whalley, who will be going the “preferred” walk-on route at UC Davis.


In the earlier signing date last December, Placer High sent Joey Capra to San Diego State and Blake Baughman to Nevada.


Several Sierra College players are also moving on to four-year colleges across the country. Locally, Ryan Tantum, a former Bear River standout will play next season at University of Nevada-Las Vegas.


Several other area senior football athletes have indicated they may further their grid careers at private out-of-state colleges in Oregon and Washington. While athletic scholarships are not offered at these NCAA D-III schools, many times grant-in-aids are combined with academic scholarships to help with tuition costs.


Here is a compiled list that was reported to Gold Country Media of area athletes who recently signed letters of intent:



Wyatt Berry, University of San Diego, football

Cameron Nelson, Central Washington, rugby

Ryan Whalley, UC Davis, football

Dawson Hurst, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, football

Johnny Guzman, Sacramento State, football

Ben Beeman, Sonoma State, lacrosse



Bernada Rreshpja, Duquesne, basketball



Madison Bailey, McKendree University, bowling

Peyton Gillen, Sacramento State, gymnastics

Kaylie Honberger, CSU Monterey Bay, volleyball

Jada Lewis, Portland State, basketball

Makenzie Macfarlane, Utah State, softball

Mazie Macfarlane, Utah State, softball

Zach Mason, CSU East Bay, soccer

Kiera Utush, San Diego State, soccer

Morgan Votava, Idaho, swimming

Ashley Williams, Texas-El Paso, softball



Morgan Spears, San Francisco State, volleyball

Clint Walker, Willamette, baseball

Kristopher Wuelfing, Lewis and Clark, baseball

Cade Wyant, Montana Tech, football

Cole Wyant, Montana Tech, football

Brendan Dowling, Biola, track & field



Jordyn Oliver, St. Mary’s, softball

Sydney Cordova, University of Redlands, swimming

Seth Miller, Southern Oregon, football

Eric Bledsoe, Montana Tech, football

Eric Yeager, University of San Diego, football



Joey Capra, San Diego State, football

Blake Baughman, Nevada, football

Amy Hiatt, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, volleyball



Isabella Vachuska, Seattle University, swimming


Martello, Humphers tagged


A year ago, the 1959 Auburn Little League All-Star team, which reached the championship game of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was honored with an induction into the Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fame.


Now, on March 16, a pair of area football coaches will be honored as Colfax High’s Tony Martello and former Nevada Union and current River Valley co-head coach Dave Humphers will be inducted with the class of 2019.


The induction ceremonies, which will include 10 individuals and the 1953 Willows High football team, will be held at the Yuba City Veterans Hall. Louie LeDuc, a 1955 graduate of Nevada Union and an three-sport athletic standout is also among the inductees.


Previous past NCSA HOF inductees include former UC Davis football coach Bob Biggs, former Placer High, Stanford and NFL standout Gary Anderson, ex-San Francisco 49er Danny Bunz, NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jim Otto, former Sierra College coach Rex Chappell, former University of Oregon coach Mike Bellotti and former Roseville High, Sierra College, Cal and New York Giants quarterback standout Fred Besana.


Tickets are $35 per person and can be obtained by contacting 916-296-1501.  


Placer cross-country honored


It was a no-brainer for the cross-country and track website to select its California High CIF Sac-Joaquin Section cross-country boys Team of the Year.


In recent awards by the website that honor the top athletes and teams from the 2018 season, Placer’s boys cross-country team rated “Boys Team of the Year” honors for its third-place finish at last year’s CIF State Meet in Fresno.


Running in the D-IV state meet race, Placer used a strong team effort over the second half of the boys race to finish third as a team and gain a spot on the podium. The Hillmen were the lone boys team from the Sac-Joaquin Section to medal in the meet.