NORTH COUNTY — Wednesday marked signing day for high school athletes and four girls from North County will be continuing their athletic careers at the next level.
The Templeton Eagles will be sending three girls to college in Lauren Reeves, Emily Tobin, and Ashley Daugherty while the Bearcats filled the performing arts center for Atiana Stratman.
Reeves, who was the Los Padres League’s Most Valuable Player a year ago and led her team into the playoffs before losing short-handed to the eventual CIF champion San Luis Obispo Tigers, will be attending California State University, Monterey Bay next fall and will be playing volleyball for the Otters.
“I had a couple of calls from some other coaches but Monterey was the main one,” Reeves said. “The team and the coaches were the reason why I chose it because it just felt like a family coming on the court and the coaches are the real deal and everything was honest out there.”
The Otters will be getting a powerful all-around player, in her senior season Reeves led the Eagles in kills with 159, was third in aces with 32 and second on the team in blocks with 30.
Tobin will also be representing the Eagles at the next level when she heads to Baylor University to join their Acro and Tumbling team that is one of the tops in the nation. If you have never seen a routine of theirs, check it out on YouTube and prepare to be mesmerized.
“It is a little bit like cheer and gymnastics, it’s like a mix, but takes over an hour long meet,” Tobin said of her sport. Tobin has been competing in competitive cheer for nine years at a studio in San Luis Obispo and cheered for the Eagles for the last two years of high school.
“I chose Baylor because they are a Division 1 championship team and it is just a mix between gymnastics and cheer,” Tobin said regarding her decision. “So I get to do my two favorite parts of cheer which are stunting and tumbling.”
While today was signing day for Templeton’s standout softball pitcher Ashley Daugherty, it was no surprise to anyone where she was going. The now senior pitcher earned the Most Valuable Player of the Los Padres League a year ago where she carried a .541 batting average, recorded 40 hits, the most on the team, four home runs and 13 doubles all while maintaining an 18-1 pitching record with a .47 ERA and registering 237 strikeouts. Daugherty only allowed eight total earned runs last season in 119 innings of work, and also threw a perfect game.
“I committed towards the end of my freshman year and
Daugherty had her choice of schools from all over the country as she drew interest from multiple PAC 12 and SEC schools but says she felt at home in College Station, Texas. Daugherty will need to work on remembering more names as she will be moving from a city of approximately 7,600 to a campus of 62,000 students.
“I just fell in love with it ultimately and the coaches were amazing and the atmosphere and the culture and all the history,” Daugherty said. “I just felt like I could call that place home for four years.”
In Paso Robles, the Bearcats packed the performing arts center at the high school for the signing of soccer player Stratman to Northwestern Missouri State University. Students, coaches, and administrators filled the dimly lit theater to express their excitement for the soccer star. Her coach Dillon Simoulis spoke, her parents spoke, and one excited student even prepared a lovely poem on her behalf.
While her heart may have originally been with a different school, everything fell into place perfectly for her to stay a Bearcat and leave the state that she calls home.
“Cal Lutheran was like my dream school, that is where I wanted to go,” Stratman said. “But when Northwest came about it all felt aligned. A girl graduated early so the coached asked Alexis Serna, the girl that goes there now, [a former Bearcat and teammate of Stratman’s] ‘Do you know her?’ Because she knew we were from the same club and she was like, ‘Coach that’s my best friend.’ So then I went and visited and it just felt right and the money was just so obvious, it isn’t a full ride but I won’t be paying a ton each year.”
Stratman finished last season second on the team in goals with seven and also recorded five assists.