Woodcreek two-sport star will play baseball at Nevada

Byers gymnasts sign with Sac State, UC Davis
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Woodcreek High School senior Shaun Mize signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Nevada in Reno.

Mize will play his third year of varsity baseball next spring. He has a two-year batting average of .346 (47 for 136) with 38 runs, 12 stolen bases, seven doubles and a home run. Mize played shortstop as a sophomore and last season played outfield for now-retired coach Kelly Mayo after returning from an injury.

“It’s a great fit for him,” Mayo said of Nevada. “Shaun’s a real academic kid, and they have a great baseball program, and it’s close to home.”

Mize also played varsity football for three years, during which time he completed 200 of 331 passes (60 percent) for 2,901 yards and 29 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 521 yards and eight touchdowns in 132 carries.

Mize was an All-Sierra Foothill League second-team selection in football and baseball as a junior.

Byers gymnasts sign with Sac State, UC Davis

Cassie Benning and Dani Judal have been with Byers Gymnastics Center in Roseville for more than 10 years.

They recently signed national letters of intent for full scholarships — Benning with Sacramento State and Judal with UC Davis, according to Byers co-owner Kim Bruns.

Bruns said several local and out-of-state colleges were interested in Benning, who attends Roseville High School, and that Sac State had her on its radar “for the last couple of years.”

It was different with Judal, who attends Antelope. Bruns said a coach from UC Davis approached her in an airport on her way back from the USA Gymnastics Level 10 National Championships in Long Beach in May and inquired about Judal, who placed 12th all-around. Benning was 19th at the same competition.