Five local athletes sign national letters of intent

By: Staff reports
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Sophie Weber, a swimmer who broke a 14-year-old Sac-Joaquin Section record last spring, was one of three Granite Bay High School athletes to sign a national letter of intent at an on-campus ceremony before school Wednesday.

Weber will attend Louisiana State University. Weber last spring won the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 1.15 seconds, a section record that stood since 1997.

Granite Bay coach John Sherman said at the time, “It’s one of those events for your kids that are very well-rounded swimmers. Sophie’s a superstar; just a phenomenal performance.”

Sherman said Weber’s time was about four seconds under the All-America cut and somewhere in the top 15 in the country.

Also signing from Granite Bay were golfer Alex Gibbs with Sacramento State and softball player Chasteena Determan with Simpson University in Redding.

Gibbs was an All-Sierra Foothill League selection last spring and fired a 72 at Haggin Oaks to lead the Grizzlies to the Division II section title. He had a 74 at the NorCal Championships, where Granite Bay finished eighth.

Determan was an All-SFL choice as a sophomore in 2010.

Two golfers from Roseville signed letters of intent: Clare Sorensen of Christian Brothers with Seattle and Ashley Noda of St. Francis with Santa Clara.

Sorensen is a four-time all-conference selection and was the medalist at the NorCal Championships in 2009.

Noda was a leader on St. Francis’ teams during its run of five consecutive section Masters championships from 2006-10.