February 7, 2013
Signing updates: Soccer Academy duo select colleges

Here are some more highlights and updates from the NCAA signing day ceremonies held Wednesday throughout the region:

• San Juan Soccer Academy members Steven Wright and Padraic McCullaugh will play the sport at the next level at Washington and Villanova, respectively. Both attend Jesuit High School but did not participate in Wednesday's signing ceremony at the school because they no longer play soccer for the Marauders. The U.S. Soccer Federation doesn't allow elite-level academy players to play high school.

• Rio Americano senior Jennifer Petrovich, who is headed to Columbia to play volleyball and test her intellect (she's a 4.4 GPA student) at the Ivy League school, puts a lot of mileage on her wheels to play the sport she loves. Petrovich travels three times a week to Redwood City to play with a nationally renowned club team that is U.S. No. 1 this season and finished third in the USAV Junior Nationals last summer.

• Four-year Sheldon soccer player Megan Smith, who along with Franklin's Lauren Aldana signed a letter of intent to play at Southern Oregon, won't be alone at the Ashland college. She will be joined by seven area football players - Rocklin's Dominic Giampaoli, Sacrameto's Louis Macklin, Folsom's Trace Noble, Oak Ridge's Jacob Proul, Union Mine's Sean Tow, Ponderosa's Curtis Catron and Inderkum's Kevin Blueford - as new recruits for a team that was an NAIA Football Championship quarterfinalist last season.

• Roseville senior Chanisse Hendrix hopes to help Colorado College, a private school in Colorado Springs, Colo., to continue its bid to become one of the nation's top women's soccer programs. Hendrix is 4.0 student who was a member of Roseville's 2010 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship team.She plans to study sports medicine and physical therapy in college.

• Rocklin senior soccer player Mikayla Clifford, who signed to play for Stanislaus State in Turlock, plans to put her collegiate education to good use. She aspires to be a registered nurse.



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