TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagle athletic department honored 10 athletes Wednesday afternoon at Nino’s Grill who will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at the next level. Some students signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to four-year universities while others committed to continuing playing at junior college.
“Some are signing letters of intent and some are signing letters of commitment,” Athletic Director Lindsay Franklin said. “But either way we are absolutely thrilled they are going on and representing Templeton and going to the next level. The really cool part is that some of them are actually going to be pretty close and we will get a chance to go over and watch them.”
The Eagles honored four baseball players, three football players, two softball players and a volleyball player.
The four baseball players that signed Wednesday were Jarred Briltz, Noah Bullard, Cole Garcia and Jared Money. Money and Briltz both signed NCAA National Letters of Intent Wednesday and will be attending a four-year university next year.
Money, primarily a second baseman, will be getting as far away from Templeton as possible, attending school in New York, at division 3 Elmira University. Briltz, a right-handed pitcher with a big bat, will be staying much closer to home as he will be playing for Division 2 California State University, Monterey Bay.
Cole Garcia and Noah Bullard also committed and will be going to Ventura College, a two-year junior college in Ventura that competes in the California Community College Athletics Association, together and play baseball in the spring.
Two seniors from the currently undefeated Templeton Eagles softball team, Ashley Ingle and Kathleen Cline, also signed Wednesday afternoon. Ingle, who plays catcher for the Eagles and has called more than seven shutouts this season and offensively hits for power, committed to division three college La Sierra University in Riverside. Cline, who plays both first and third base, has committed to play softball at Cuesta College next year.
All three of the Eagle football players committing on Wednesday — Isaiah Harrold, Zack Hewitson and Reed Hayes — did so to the same team, West Hills Community College in Coalinga.
The lone signee for the Templeton men’s volleyball team was for their standout player, Chase Erwin. Erwin committed to play volleyball at the NAIA level choosing to move to Illinois and attend Judson University.