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Local prep athletes sign with college programs
by Dan Eckles
Apr 21, 2009 | 1211 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
College of the Siskiyous baseball coach Billy Hefflinger made it a point to scout the Reno-Sparks area and his recruiting efforts paid off Tuesday when a trio of local standouts signed letters of intent to play for the Weed, Calif. school.

A pair of Spanish Springs players, Adam Miller and Garrett Moore, as well as a Sparks High student-athlete, Danny Monroe, signed to play for the northern California junior college.

"When I went up there it seemed like a good place to continue my schooling and play some baseball," Monroe said at Tuesday's midday signing ceremony at Sparks. "I'm really excited to go play college baseball. It's been a dream of mine to do that."

Monroe leads Sparks on the mound and at the plate. His pitching record is just 2-5, but he hasn't gotten much offensive support in his starts. His ERA is 3.57 and he leads Sparks in innings pitched and strikeouts. He's hitting a team-high .410 and has more extra-base hits than any other Railroader.

"Danny is a student of the game. He knows a lot and he thinks ahead," Sparks baseball coach Greg Vasko said. "We will definitely miss him next year. How do you replace a four-year starter?"

Miller and Moore have been teammates at Spanish Springs and that is set to continue for at least two more years as the Cougars' duo heads to College of the Siskiyous.

Both are anxious to continue their baseball careers beyond the prep level.

"They showed the most interest. 'Coach Hef' was always calling, checking up on us and seeing how we were doing," said Miller, who was also considering playing options at Feather River and Yuba City junior colleges. "It's been a dream of mine to play college baseball forever. Now that I have that opportunity, I want to take it all in stride and make the most out of it."

Moore had similar sentiments.

"I got to know the coach. He talked a lot to us and showed interest. Then I saw the campus and it's beautiful," Moore said. "I want to help their program get better and have an immediate impact."

Moore is hitting .400 and Miller .333 this spring for the Cougars. Miller also leads the SSHS squad in RBIs.

Mike Bosco has been the baseball coach at Spanish Springs since the school opened in the fall of 2001. He was certainly pleased to see Miller and Moore get the chance to play baseball beyond their senior high school campaigns.

"Our program is still young. It's only eight years old and we've only had six kids go on to play college baseball," Bosco said. "So this is great for them to get the opportunity to play on.

"Hopefully they will use this as a stepping stone to get their educations paid for. They are great students as well and really deserve this opportunity."

•The baseball players weren't the only student athletes cementing their college plans Tuesday. In addition to Miller and Moore, Spanish Springs also honored senior Ashleigh Sorensen at its afternoon signing ceremony.

Sorensen signed a letter of itent to play golf at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

"I'm very excited to play golf at the next level. I'm a little nervous about being away from home, but I'll be OK," admitted Sorensen, who has family in the midwest. "I definitely feel like my hard work paid off. It was a lot of hard work. I didn't come easy."

Sorensen, who hadn't played much competitive golf before she got to high school, put in countless hours on the range and in rounds on the course. Her scores reflected that as they consistently improved from her freshman to her senior season.

She finished second twice overall in High Desert League tournaments at Wildcreek and Washoe last fall and won the conference tourney at Somersett. In addition, Sorensen helped the Cougars to back-to-back berths in the Nevada 4A State championships the last two seasons.

"This is a special moment for kids," SSHS girls golf coach Victor Sherbondy said. "She has just kept improving her game each year. She has worked really hard and she had a major breakthrough her senior year."
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