Three Huntington Beach High seniors took the next step in their academic and athletic careers early Wednesday by officially committing to four-year universities.
Signing a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday were girls' soccer player Nikki Walsh and girls' volleyball player Jianna Bonomi. Walsh signed with Belhaven University and Bonomi with the University of San Diego. A third Oiler, football player Zane Hudak, was present but didn't sign, saying he had accepted an academic scholarship and intends to play football at the University of New Hampshire. A "mock" signing was held for Hudak.
Joining the trio Wednesday were five other Oilers who had previously signed a NLI: Halle Bissin, forward, girl's soccer (University of San Francisco); Ashlyn Pooler, field hockey (Missouri State University); Gina Taglieri, field hockey (Washington and Jefferson College); Luke Hollar, football (University of San Diego), and Vicky Galasso, softball (Idaho State University).
"They are all very deserving," Huntington Beach Athletic Director Roy Miller said. "It's nice that they now get to reap the benefits of all the hard work they put forth, not only on the playing field but in the classroom."