National Signing Day: Roseville, Woodcreek, Valley Christian athletes pick their collegesBy: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
A handful of high school senior student-athletes in Roseville signed national letters of intent Wednesday that will take them from San Diego to South Dakota next fall.
At Woodcreek, softball catcher Frankie Orlando signed with San Diego State and swimmer Allyson Fellows signed with San Jose State.
Orlando was joined by her parents, Peggy and Joe, and coaches Art Banks and Gary Stringfellow. Orlando has been a starter all three years and last spring hit .317 to help the Timberwolves win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship.
Fellows is a two-time All-Sierra Foothill League swimmer and currently holds school records in the 200 individual medley and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Joe Orlando said his daughter also looked at Syracuse and Louisville before deciding on San Diego State, where she plans to major in foreign languages. Frankie Orlando has a 3.5 grade-point average, and she earned an academic merit award at Woodcreek.
Joe Orlando said San Diego State head coach Kathy Van Wyk initially saw Frankie at a camp in Stockton. Stacey Nuveman Deniz, a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the United States, is an assistant coach.
Orlando was named to the All-SFL first team last spring, as was Roseville senior Kayla Fields, one of three student-athletes who signed in a ceremony at Patti Baker Theater on campus.
Fields, who signed with the University of South Dakota, hit .280 last season and was named the team MVP. She also was the MVP of the Stephanie LeDoux Easter Tournament in 2011 and next spring will play her fourth year of varsity softball.
“I’ve been working for it my whole life,” Fields said.
Also signing at Roseville were swimmer Whitney Jorgensen and water polo player Michal Andreatta. Jorgensen signed with Boise State and Andreatta with Virginia Military Institute.
Jorgensen is a three-time SFL champion and holds the school record in the 100 breaststroke. She also posted an All-America time in the 200 individual medley.
Andreatta is a two-time All-SFL first-team selection and was an All-Sac-Joaquin Section player last spring. She has been the team MVP and offensive MVP.
Also, Valley Christian Academy senior pitcher Jimmy Shaw signed with San Diego Christian College on Nov. 9, according to Lions baseball coach and athletic director Brad Gunter Jr.
Shaw hit .422 and was 6-2 with an 0.83 ERA last spring for the Lions, who won the Division VII section championship.
Chris Bando is the head coach and Doug Jones the pitching coach at San Diego Christian. Both are ex-major leaguers.
“The school and the coaching staff are a great fit for Jimmy,” Gunter said. “I am really happy for him.”