Legion of Wildcats sign letters of intent

Top Row (left to right): Kaitlin Schultz Columbia University Volleyball, Katie Jacobs UCLA Volleyball, Tasha Skabelund Cal State Bakersfield Volleyball, Jaclyn Napoli Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Softball, Kalei Sorensen St. John's Softball, Kennedi Sorensen New Mexico State Softball; Bottom Row (left to right): Teo Domic St. Joseph's Lacrosse, Josh Botoglou Aurora University Lacrosse, Audra Kim UC Davis Lacrosse, Timmy Jostens Cal State Fullerton Baseball, Noah Morrow University of Redlands Tennis, Ashley Mayhall Georgetown Golf
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West Ranch High needed two tables. Two long tables.

Twelve Wildcat athletes signed national letters of intent Thursday, one day after several other area schools held ceremonies.

The West Ranch signees ranged from a trio of volleyball players to a trio of softball players to the area’s first two NCAA Division 1 lacrosse recruits.

Audra Kim of the girls lacrosse team signed with UC Davis, making her the first D1 girls player to come from a Santa Clarita Valley high school.

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Teo Domic, by signing to play lacrosse at Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia, earned the same distinction on the boys side.

“It means the world to me,” said Domic, a midfielder for the Wildcats boys team, which will enter its fifth CIF-sanctioned season in 2017. “It means giving back to the community. If one kid can do it, all the other kids just starting to play lacrosse can do it, too”.

Domic picked up the sport as a seventh grader and just verbally committed in October. He said he hopes kids who aren’t recruited early in high school won’t give up on playing high-level college lacrosse.

“Keep with the recruiting process,” said Domic, who emailed and sent film to Saint Joseph’s before attending the school’s prospect camp earlier this year.

The three Wildcat girls volleyball players who signed Thursday also verbally committed in the last year.

Kaitlin Schultz signed with Columbia University, Katie Jacobs signed with UCLA, and Tasha Skabelund inked with Cal State Bakersfield. They helped lead the Wildcats to their first-ever Foothill League title this season, sharing the crown with Valencia.

“Those three girls bring prestige and strength to our school,” said volleyball coach Brandon Pank. “(Girls see that) if they play here, they have the possibility to play at the next level.”

For softball, Jaclyn Napoli (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), and twin sisters Kalei and Kennedi Sorensen (St. John’s in New York and New Mexico State, respectively) all signed with Division 1 programs.

They will make up the heart of the West Ranch batting order this spring.

A Cat focused on shutting down batters in the spring is baseball pitcher Timmy Josten.

Josten signed with Cal State Fullerton after posting a 1.79 ERA and leading West Ranch to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 semifinals in 2016.

The pitcher said he was a little nervous about making things official.

“It’s a big step in your life,” he said. “You can’t go back from here.”

But, after recently taking his official visit to Fullerton, he was convinced it was the right move.

“Two-hundred percent confident,” he said.

Other Wildcats to sign Thursday included girls golfer Ashley Mayhall (Georgetown University), boys tennis player Noah Morrow (University of Redlands) and boys lacrosse player Josh Botoglou (Aurora University).

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