Wrestler Elliott, four others from Oakmont sign letters of intent
Oakmont High School lined up five more student-athletes for one more national letter-of-intent signing ceremony before the end of the school year Thursday in the career center.
Jake Elliott, Oakmont’s 2011 state-champion wrestler, signed with the University of Wyoming. Middle- and long-distance runner Edixon Puglisi is headed to UC Santa Barbara, soccer player Tiffani Rice to Sonoma State, baseball player Cody Baron to Lewis & Clark in Portland and Derrick Booth to Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. Booth will kick for the football team and run track and field.
Elliott said wrestling for an NCAA Division I program was a goal throughout high school, and he’s looking forward to wrestling for Wyoming coaches Mark Branch, Chris Pendleton, Travis Shufelt and Ethan Kyle.
“All those coaches are great guys. They know the technique, and they’ve had success on the mat,” Elliott said. “I did what I needed to do to get out and pursue my goals of becoming a national champion.”
The crowd included the athletes’ coaches, teammates and family members.
Cross country/track and field coach Ryan Nugent said he had Puglisi “on my radar” when Puglisi was running at W.T. Eich Intermediate School. A former coach ran up to Nugent and said, “You got a miler coming your way, and he was right.”
Soccer coach Sondra Myles described Rice as a dominant force, one of the strongest players she’s had.
“She’s also a beautiful dancer,” Myles said.
Football coach Tim Moore said Booth would offer to work with the kickers at the JV and freshman levels, and Nugent said Booth was Oakmont’s first elite hurdler in a decade.
Athletic director/baseball coach Dean Perkins said Baron possesses several skills and was known to play through injuries.
“He could walk like grandpa and still get a base hit,” Perkins said.
Woodcreek’s Hoskinson signs with Dominguez Hills
Woodcreek senior Fia Hoskinson signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Cal State Dominguez Hills next fall.
A two-time All-Sierra Foothill League first-team selection, Woodcreek coach Raymond Beck said Hoskinson has one of the best mid-range jump shots he has seen at the high school girls level and deserves an opportunity to play in the tough California Collegiate Athletic Association.
“Fia has demonstrated a desire to get to the next level and thus has put in hours working on her shooting in the gym and developing her game,” Beck said in an e-mail. “She spent four solid years in this program and was an integral part of three varsity teams that averaged 19 wins a season.”
Woodcreek now will have two graduates playing in the CCAA. J.J. Judge plays for Cal Poly Pomona.
Said Beck, “I might have to go down to L.A. next year to watch Fia and J.J. go at it.”