UCLA enjoyed one of its
best overall recruiting falls in this decade in the November signing period,
signing many recruiting classes considered to be #1 in their sport, numerous
consensus #1 national recruits, and several #1-rated California recruits in
Some of the key names include, of course, 6-10 basketball center Kevin Love, who is one of the biggest prospects UCLA has ever recruited. UCLA signed the #1 rowing recruit in 6-4, 210-pound Elise Wilson from San Francisco, who was the key rower on the USA National Junior Team that won the silver medal last summer. In women's tennis, Andrea Remynse has been ranked #1 nationally in the 18s division and could play #1 immediately for the Bruins. In men's golf, Phillip Francis has been called "the next Tiger Woods" in dominating the junior circuit like no player since Tiger. Kelly Easterday is a first-team All-American in water polo and has led her HS to three straight CIF Championships.
The softball and women's water polo recruiting classes are each rated #1 in their sports. In men's track and field, the recruiting class has the best collection of distance runners that UCLA has ever recruited at one time. Women's basketball landed 6 talented players and the recruiting class has been rated as high as #3 in the nation, which would be the best UCLA has ever done since they started recruiting class rankings in the sport.
KEVIN LOVE, 6-10, 250
Center, Lake Oswego HS in Lake Oswego, OR…Considered by many as the #1 prospect
in the 2007 national class overall, and the consensus #1 big man. He led the
Lake Oswego Lakers to an Oregon State Championship in 2006 with a 26-3, and
averaged 28.0 points, 16.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per game… He has
been named Oregon's Player of the Year and first team All-State in each of the
last two seasons and was a second team All-State selection as a freshman. He
currently is chasing the Oregon career scoring record. He's the biggest
recruiti to come to UCLA since Ben Howland took over the UCLA program, and
possibly the biggest in a few decades.
CHACE STANBACK, 6-7, 200 Forward-Guard, Fairfax HS in Los Angeles, CA…Stanback led Fairfax to a 24-3 record while averaging 18.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a junior. Currently the Scout.com #50 player in the nation, Stanback is a very skilled player with tremendous upside, with a body that keeps getting bigger and springier. Stanback was named first team All-City last year.
CANDICE BROWN, 6-3
Forward, Bishop Amat HS and lives in Moreno Valley…She averaged 12.5 points, 7.6
rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game last season..She was selected to the
2006 adidas Top 10 all-star team and was the CIF Southern Section III-A
Co-Player of the Year in leading her HS to the California State Title... She is
an honorable mention All-America selection by Street and Smith's magazine and is
regarded as the nation's No. 16 player by All Star Girls Report and one of the
nation's top 100 players by HoopGurlz.com. Her high school team has posted a
record of 101-5 over the last three seasons and has captured back-to-back State
RACHAEL DOREENA CAMPBELL, 5-10 Guard, Edison HS in Alexandra, VA…She averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game last season at Edison…She was selected a 2006 EA Sports All-American, a 2006 Student Sports Underclass All-American and an honorable mention All-American by Street and Smith's magazine. Campbell is regarded as the No. 35 player in the nation by All Star Girls Report and one of the nation's Top 100 players by HoopGurlz.com. She was named 2006 first-team All-Metro in the Washington, DC area, first-team All-State by the Associated Press of Virginia and first-team All-State by the Virginia High School Coaches Association. She earned first-team Virginia State Tournament, first-team All-Region (DC, VA, MD) and a 2006 AAA first-team All-State pick. In 2005, she earned first-team All-State by the Virginia High School Coaches Association and second-team All-State by the Associated Press…She is a honor student…
NINA EARL, 5-11 Forward-Guard, Diamond Ranch HS and lives in Chino Hills…She averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 3.8 steals and 1.5 blocks last season…She was CIF Player of the Year in her division…She was named an honorable mention All-American by Street and Smith's magazine, the nation's No. 30 player by All Star Girls Report, one of the nation's Top 100 players by HoopGurlz.com and to the 2006 adidas Top 10 all-star team.
DARXIA MORRIS, 5-9 Point Guard, Muir HS in Pasadena, CA…She averaged 12.1 points, 2.3 assists, 2.6 steals and 3.7 rebounds last season…She is considered one quickest and best point guards in the West and played with Earl and Brown on the FBC club team that went undefeated this past summer that was considered as the #1 girl's club team…
CHRISTINA NZEKWE, 6-3 Forward, Chief Sealth HS and lives in Seattle, WA…She is Regina Rogers' high school teammate…She was named to the first-team of the Washington State 3A All-Tournament squad after averaging 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and 2.7 assists during the 2006 State tournament. In 2005, she was named to the first-team 3A All-State unit selected by the Associated Press. She was named MVP of the Metro League in 2005 and was a second-team All-State selection by the Seattle Times. She was an honorable mention All-America selection by Street and Smith's magazine and is regarded as one of the nation's top 12 forwards by HoopGurlz.com and the No. 61 player in the nation by All Star Girls Report. A 4.0 honor student…
REGINA ROGERS, 6-4 Center, Chief Sealth HS and lives in Seattle, WA…She averaged 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game last season…She was the MVP of the 2006 Washington State 3A Tournament and was named to the first-team All-State Tournament squad. Rogers was also named the 2006 Player of the Year in the Metro League by the Seattle Times, in addition, to being a first-team all-league selection. She was an honorable mention All-American selection by Street and Smith's magazine and is regarded as the nation's number six center by HoopGurlz.com and the No. 44 player in the nation by All Star Girls Report
MITCHELL BEACOM, LHP, 6-8,
215, University City HS in San Diego, CA…Beacom has twice earned San Diego
Union-Tribune All-Academic honors. The San Diego southpaw missed a portion of
his sophomore season and all of his junior year with a foot injury. Beacom
recorded a 1.00 ERA and a 1-2 record as a sophomore and posted a .351 batting
average as a freshman. At the Area Code camp in December 2005, he earned most
valuable player accolades as a pitcher. He competed on the Orange County Braves
scout team. Besides baseball, Beacom is a three-year water polo letter winner as
the team's goalkeeper. An all-league first-team selection, Beacom established
the school record for career blocks and earned defensive most valuable player
honors three times. Beacom's parents, Luann and John, both attended UCLA, and
Luann competed for the UCLA swimming team.
RYAN DENT, INF - 6-0, 175 - R/R, Long Beach Wilson HS, Long Beach, CA. As a junior, posted a .425 batting average, two home runs, 26 RBI and 20 stolen bases…gained All-Moore League first-team honors as an infielder…tabbed the seventh-best prospect in the World Wood Bat Class of 2007 by Baseball America; also listed by Baseball America as the "fastest baserunner" and the "most exciting player" at the Jupiter World Wood Bat Association's fall championship…was named to the "players to watch list" as a shortstop by the Los Angeles Times…earned Wilson HS impact player of the year in 2006…competed in the 2006 Connie Mack World Series for the Midland Redskins…also played for the Angel and Dodger Elite Teams and the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves scout teams…as a sophomore, compiled a .390 batting average, two home runs, 42 hits, and 29 RBI and stolen bases…earned All-Moore League first-team honors as a shortstop…captured All-CIF first-team accolades…named the Century Club Player of the Year…named to the Los Angeles Times All-Region Team and to the Los Angeles Times "diamond standout players to watch" list…named Wilson HS baseball MVP…as a freshman, earned All-Moore League second-team accolades…voted the second "most impressive freshman" in CIF baseball by the Los Angeles Times in 2004…earned Wilson HS rookie of the year honors.
NIKO GALLEGO, INF - 5-10,
150 - R/R, Esperanza HS in Yorba Linda, CA. As a junior, earned 2006 All-Sunset
League first-team honors as a junior…posted a .400 batting average and tallied
24 runs scored, 13 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 2006…captured the 2006 Esperanza
Baseball Rookie of the Year award…named to the 2006 California High School
Southern Section South All-Star Championship team…had the game-winning
RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh inning of Esperanza's CIF Division I
first-round playoff game against Riverside Arlington; went 2-for-4 in that
game…helped lead Esperanza to the 2006 Sunset League title…has been a three-year
Principal's Honor Roll student.
ERIK GOEDDEL, RHP - 6-1, 175, Bellarmine Prep HS and lives in Hillsborough, CA…Was a 2006 AFLAC All-American…has been ranked as high as the No. 2 high school player (2007 graduate) by Prospect Plus/Baseball America…tabbed as the seventh-best pitcher among Perfect Game's National Top 100 Pitchers…listed the 38th-best prospect for the 2007 MLB Draft by Baseball America…earned All-WCAL (West Catholic Athletic League) first-team accolades as a junior (2006) and sophomore (2005)…captured 2006 Central Coast Section Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors…compiled a 6-1 record on the mound in 2006, recording a 1.47 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 47 innings; at the plate, hit at a .411 clip and collected nine home runs, 38 RBI and 31 runs scored…was listed as the 17th-best player at the 2006 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. by Baseball America; also tabbed as the Area Code Games prospect with the "best breaking pitch"…registered a 9-1 pitching record in 2005, posting a 1.21 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 69 innings…played for the Brewers Area Code Team and the Reds Scout Team.
MATT GRACE, LHP - 6-4, 195, Palos Verdes HS in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Earned 2006 All-CIF Southern Section Division IV Player of the Year accolades and was named to the 2006 All-CIF Division IV first team…captured 2006 Pioneer League co-Most Valuable Player honors after compiling an 11-1 record and 1.25 ERA…named the Daily Breeze player of the year…helped lead Palos Verdes High School to the CIF Division IV Championship at Angel Stadium in June 2006…played for Angels Elite Baseball and the San Diego Padres scout team…competed in the U.S. Junior National Team tryouts in Joplin, Mo…was nominated at Palos Verdes HS for the Student-Athlete High School Heisman (selected by counselors and teachers)…the scholar-athlete maintains a 4.1 GPA, and earned California Scholarship Federation membership.
JASON HEYWARD, 1B/OF - 6-3, 215 - L/L, Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga. Was a 2006 AFLAC All-American…as a junior, compiled a .456 batting average, five home runs, 20 RBI and 23 stolen bases…ranked No. 3 among Perfect Game's National Top 100 position players…also listed the fourth-best high school player in the Class of 2007 by Baseball America, the fifth-best prospect in the World Wood Bat Class of 2007 by Baseball America, the eighth-best high school prospect in the Class of 2007 at the Perfect Game National Showcase and the 18th-best prospect for the 2007 MLB Draft by Baseball America…named to the All-Southern Crescent first-team in 2005 and 2006…helped lead Henry County to the 2005 High School State Championship and earned most outstanding offensive player honors…has been a part of nine national championship club baseball teams (2005 - AAU Junior Olympics, Perfect Game 16u, Super 7 Series, WWBA 16u, WWBA 18u; 2006 - AAU Junior Olympics, Perfect Game 16u East, Perfect Game 16u National Champs, Perfect Game BCS 16u).
DAN KLEIN, RHP - 6-3, 180, Servite HS and lives in Los Alamitos, Calif. Recorded a 7-1 record, a 1.40 ERA and 49 strikeouts as a junior in 2006, leading Servite to a share of the Serra League Championship…posted a 5-0 record and 0.81 ERA in Serra League contests…earned All-CIF Southern Section Division I second-team accolades and All-Orange County second-team honors…compiled a .313 batting average as a junior and hit at .330 clip his sophomore season…also excels as the starting quarterback on the football team; earned co-Offensive Player of the Year honors in the Serra League as a junior in 2005; completed 146-of-235 passes for 2,005 yards and 15 touchdowns; also rushed for 404 yards on 80 carries, scoring four touchdowns…a fine scholar-athlete who maintains a 3.4 GPA and is an honor student at Servite.
BRETT KRILL, OF - 6-4, 200 - R/R, Aliso Niguel HS and lives in Laguna Nigel, CA…Was a 2006 AFLAC All-American…tabbed the 18th-best prospect in the World Wood Bat Class of 2007 by Baseball America…posted a .385 batting average and .430 on-base percentage as a junior…tallied 30 hits, 22 runs scored, nine doubles, two home runs, 16 RBI his junior season…earned 2006 All-Sea View League first-team accolades as a junior at Aliso Niguel HS…competed for the 2005 Team USA Youth National Team and helped lead the U.S. squad to the silver medal at the World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico…also played in the Tournament of Stars for Team USA in Joplin, Mo…competed for the Orange County Braves Scout Team in 2005 and 2006, the Brewer Area Codes in 2006 and the Perfect Game National Showcase…played in a Connie Mack League with the ABD Bulldogs and the Newport Beach Quakes.
ROB RASMUSSEN, LHP - 5-11, 160, Pasadena Poly and lives in Arcadia, Calif. Has compiled a 26-2 three-year varsity record with 291 career strikeouts as a starting pitcher at Pasadena Poly…as a junior in 2006, tallied a 0.56 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 25 innings…was named to the All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-State second team, San Gabriel Valley All-Area first team and captured Prep League most valuable player accolades in 2005…posted a 1.40 ERA, 9-1 record, three complete games and one shutout as a sophomore in 2005…led all California high school players with 147 strikeouts in 2005, according to MaxPreps.com…as a freshman in 2004, led all southern California pitchers with 13 victories, according to the Los Angeles Times…competed for the Babe Ruth 19-and-under team in the summers of 2005 and 2006…selected to the 2006 All-Star Team and World Series Tournament Team, which won the 18-and-under World Series in Newark, Ohio…pitched two complete games in the World Series Tournaments, posting 23 strikeouts in two games including 10 strikeouts against the Alabama Raw Dogs.
TIM SCHLATTER, RHP - 6-1, 190, Sacramento CC in Sacramento, Calif. Compiled a 5-5 record, a 5.06 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 20 walks in 65.2 innings as a freshman at Sacramento City College in 2006…helped lead Sacramento CC to the state finals (runner-up) and to first place in Northern California…posted a 3-0 record in the playoffs, pitching 21.1 innings and recording a 3.38 ERA; defeated College of Sequoias in an elimination game, allowing three runs in 8.0 innings; also picked up the victory over Cypress College in the Final Four…as a senior at De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.), Schlatter posted a 10-2 record as a senior with a 2.05 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 15 walks in 82 innings…earned All-Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) honors…recorded 42 strikeouts and just six walks in 45.1 innings as a junior; collected a 5-4 record and 2.95 ERA.
CONNOR DRISCOLL, La Costa Canyon HS in Encinitas, CA…He 2006 American Junior Golf Assn. All-American…He currently is ranked 34th among U.S. junior players on the GolfWeek poll through Nov. 7. On the AJGA circuit this season, he recorded three Top 10 finishes in seven starts, plus two other Top 20 finishes. In October, he tied for fourth at the PING Invitational with scores of 75-71-70--216. In the current AJGA rankings, Driscoll is ranked 27th. In his last 20 junior tournaments, Driscoll recorded 18 Top 20 finishes, including 10 in the Top 5. He won the FCWT Teal Bend Classic in January with scores of 75-73-69--217 (+1). He was the runner-up in the 2006 California State Junior Amateur with scores of 72-68-73--213 (-3) and qualified for the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur at Longmeadow CC.
PHILLIP FRANCIS, Laurel Springs Home School and lives in Scottsdale, AZ…The nation's top-ranked junior golfer, Francis, 18, has won three of junior golf's four "major" tournaments this season: The Thunderbird International, The Rolex Tournament of Champions and the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He was named the 2006 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year in October…The winner of 29 tournaments since 1997, Francis is the consensus No.1 ranked player in junior golf. He is a four-time winner (1999-2002) of the U.S. Junior World Championship, breaking a record held by Tiger Woods. In addition, Francis is a three-time AJGA 1st Team All-American. He has won five AJGA tournaments this season, including the Heather Farr Championship in which he was 19-under par with teammate Esther Choe, the AJGA's top-ranked female junior player.
JOO YOUNG (GLORY) YANG,
Linfield Christian HS and lives in Murrieta, CA..She is one of the nation's top
girls junior golfers…Ranked 15th by GolfWeek among U.S. junior girls, is
considered one of the top junior players in the class of 2007. She earned
All-America honors last month from the American Junior Golf Assn..Yang finished
second at the prestigious PING Invitational in October. In July, she won the
Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National. Since February, she has finished
in the Top 20 in 12 of 13 AJGA tournaments with nine Top 10 finishes.
MARIA URIBE, Collegio Pan Americano in Bucaramanga, Colombia…She is one of junior golf's top players in the world…Uribe, 16, was ranked 13th nationally this week among U.S. junior golfers by GolfWeek and was named an American Junior Golf Assn. All-American last month. Uribe tied for fifth at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship in June. At the U.S. Girls Junior Championship in July, she placed second in stroke play with scores of 70-70--140 (-4). In match play, she advanced to the round of 16. At the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks Championship, she placed 11th in stroke play with scores of 69-75--144 (E). In match play, she advanced to the quarterfinals before falling 3 and 2 to UCLA's Tiffany Joh, the eventual champion. The future Bruin golfer also played in the 2006 U.S. Women's Open, where she tied for 81st with scores of 76-76-152 (+10).
MARCI BERNHOLTZ, Thornhill
Secondary School, Unionville, Ontario, Canada…She trains at ASF Gymnastics in
Richmond Hill, Ontario…competed at the 2006 World Championships and was an
alternate at the 2004 Olympics after finishing sixth at the Olympic Trials. In
2005, she narrowly missed medaling at the American Cup, finishing fourth on
floor exercise, and at the Canadian National Championships, she finished third
in the all-around and on floor exercise. Bernholtz earned a bronze medal on
vault at the 2004 Massilia Cup in France and on floor exercise at the 2004
Canadian National Championships.
MIZUKI SATO, Bella Vista HS in Fair Oaks, CA…She is an honors student and a Level 10 gymnast at Technique Gymnastics. She is a three-time Junior Olympic National qualifier (2004-2006) and two-time team champion. At the 2006 Level 10 National Championships, she placed seventh in the all-around and fourth on floor exercise. At the Regional Championships in 2006, she placed third in the all-around and on floor exercise, and at the 2005 Level 10 Nationals, she had an eighth-place showing on balance beam.
ALLISON TAYLOR, Spring Creek Academy and lives in Dallas, Texas…She trains at the famed World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) and attends Spring Creek Academy, earned a Top 20 all-around finish at the 2003 USA Championships as an elite. In 2005, she competed at the U.S. Classic, and won the uneven bars competition and placed third in the all-around at the Metroplex Challenge. She was also second on vault and third on bars at the 2005 WOGA Classic.
CAROLINE CURSON, Torrey Pines HS in San Diego, CA…San Diego Rowing Club..Member of the SD Rowing Club since eighth grade...as a freshman, was a member of the SDRC lightweight four that captured the silver medal at the USRowing National Youth Championships...as a sophomore and junior, Curson rowed in the SDRC varsity quad...in 2005 that crew captured the USRowing Southwest Junior Regional Championship and a fourth-place finish at the USRowing nationals...in 2006, SDRC placed second in the regional championships and eighth at nationals...Curson's father, Phil, rowed at King's College School in London...her older brother rowed for SDRC and at the University of Puget Sound.
KAITLIN DAVIS, Miramonte HS in Orinda, CA…Oakland Strokes Rowing Club...Currently in her fourth year rowing for her club...career highlight is stroking the Oakland boat that captured the junior eight event at the 2006 San Diego Crew Classic... was one of two high school students on a collegiate research team that competed in the MIT International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition; their project, which won a first-place award, centered on genetically engineered RNA and DNA in E. coli bacteria...plans on majoring in biology at UCLA.
RACHEL LA BELLA, West Windsor - Plainsboro HS South and lives in Princeton Junction, N.J. . Mercer Junior Rowing Club…As a freshman and sophomore, swam the 50- and 100-freestyle Plainsboro HS South...led team to a second-place finish at the state championship as a freshman, and a third-place finish as a sophomore...started rowing spring of freshman year of HS when she joined the Mercer Junior Rowing Club...during the 2006 racing year, she rowed in the five seat of the MJRC girls eight that won the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic District Championship; that crew passed up their invitation to the USRowing National Youth Championships to compete at the Women's Henley Regatta in England...MJRC placed second in the racing at Henley-On-Thames...in the fall of 2006, the Mercer crew placed seventh in the youth eight event at the Head of the Charles.
MEGAN PRATT, Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland, Calif. Oakland Strokes Rowing Club..As a freshman and sophomore, competed on the swimming and water polo teams at Bishop O'Dowd HS...helped guide the swimming team to league championships both seasons...led the water polo team to a second-place league finish as a freshman and to the league title as a sophomore...began rowing for the Oakland Strokes the following year and was coached by UCLA rowing alumna Beth Anderson...competed in the top Oakland novice boat, placing fifth at the USRowing Southwest Junior Regional Championship...rowed on the varsity squad as a senior.
ERICA SMITH, Darien HS in Darien, Conn. Maritime Rowing Club..Began rowing for the Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk, Conn. in 2004-05...has advanced to the varsity squad and has showed strong improvement in her 2000-meter ergometer score...is a state-certified EMT with Post 53, responding to medical emergencies as part of Post 53's student-staffed ambulance crew...Post 53 has provided the city of Darien with emergency medical services for over 30 years.
MOLLY WACHTEL, Menlo Atherton HS in Menlo, CA..Stanford Junior Crew…Competed on the Menlo Atherton HS cross-country and track teams as a freshman and sophomore... concentrated her track efforts on the 100-, 200- and 400-meters...helped the track program to consecutive league titles...began rowing for the Stanford Junior Crew program near the end of her first year in high school....has showed great improvement both in technique and fitness, having rowed in the team's first four as a junior and senior...the Stanford Junior Crew placed seventh at the 2005 Head of the Charles Regatta and 12th at the 2006 Head of the Charles...a talented scholar-athlete, has earned National Merit Semifinalist accolades.
PATRICIA 'ELISE' WILSON, St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco, CA…St. Ignatius Rowing Team/U.S. Junior National Team…Considered as the #1 recruit in the nation with incredible size at 6-4, 210…Currently in her fourth season on the St. Ignatius Prep rowing team...competed in the summer of 2006 as a member of the United States Junior National Team eight, leading the crew to a silver medal-winning finish at the world championships in Amsterdam; the second-place finish tied the mark for the highest-ever U.S. finish in the girls' eight at the junior world championships...prior to going overseas, Wilson and her crew won the USRowing National Championship in the elite eight in Indianapolis, Ind...her personal best over the standard 2000-meter distance on an ergometer is 6 minutes, 46.7 seconds...in February 2004, placed second at the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championship...plans on a return trip to Boston in the winter (2006) for that competition...will also attend the USRowing Junior National Team High Performance Camp in Seattle, Wash., at the end of November 2006...a three-year basketball letter winner at St. Ignatius; led the Wildcats to league and section titles in 2005-06; St. Ignatius was a Northern California regional championship finalist.
SAMANTHA CAMUSO, Infielder, Foothill HS in Redding, CA…Camuso was named a first-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA High School All-American in 2006….As a shortstop at Foothill, she was also named to the All-Eastern Athletic League team at the end of the high school season.
GI'ONNA DI SALVATORE, Infielder, Countryside HS in Palm Harbor, FL…DiSalvatore earned Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-America honors in 2006 and is a middle infielder with a great deal of offensive power. As a high school junior last season, DiSalvatore hit .500 on the year with 45 hits in 90 at-bats for Countryside High School…She bats left-handed…
MONICA HARRISON, Infielder, Pacifica HS in Garden Grove, CA…She currently leads the U.S. Junior Women's National Team as Team USA is 8-0 in pool play at the Pan Am Qualifier in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Harrison has started six games for the Americans and is 12-for-15 with nine runs scored, five RBI and a 1.000 slugging percentage for the tournament. Harrison was a member of the OC Batbusters team that won the ASA Gold Nationals tournament in Oklahoma City last August…She was an All-CIF selection at her HS….
DONNA KERR, Right-handed Pitcher, Patrick Henry HS in San Diego, CA… Kerr was the winning pitcher in the ASA Gold Nationals championship game for the OC Batbusters and is currently 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA for Team USA at the Pan Am Qualifier. Kerr has accumulated 18 strikeouts with just one walk in the tournament and is tied for the team lead in innings pitched with nine…She was an All-CIF selection at her HS setting various strike-out records…
Outfielder, Esperanza HS in Yorba Linda, CA…She has started six games and played
in seven for Team USA at the Pan Am Qualifier in Puerto Rico and is another
member of the OC Batbusters squad that won Gold Nationals last August…The Bruins
plan to play her in centerfield. She is a threat at the plate using both the
short game as a slap hitter and has the ability to hit for power as is one of
the fastest players in the CIF division…
BRITTANY BEAUCHAN, Breaststroker, Punahou HS and lives in Kailua, Hawaii…Set Hawaii State record in winning 100 breaststroke at 2006 State meet and also swam legs on winning 200 free and 200 medley relay teams in helping school to State Title…She was also a 2004 Olympi Trials qualifier in the 100 breaststroke..
EMILY BIBB, Sprint Freestyler, La Reina HS and lives in Simi Valley, CA…2006 CIF Champion in 100 and 200 freestyles and anchored 400 medley relay to victory in leading team to CIF title…
LAUREN HALL, IM-Backstroke, Holy Names Academy in Seattle, WA..Won Washington State 200 IM as a freshman, sophomore and junior…Led team to 2005 State Title last year with IM win, and fourth in the 100 freestyle…Had placed 2nd and 3rd the previous two years in the 100 backstroke…Was second at 2006 Junior Nationals in the IM…She was a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200 and 400 IM…3.9 student…
CARLY LYONS, Backstroke, Chattahoochee HS in Alpharetta, GA…she is a national qualifier in the 100 backstroke and a member of the National Honors Society…
DANIELLE MILLIGAN, IM-Distance Free, Pinnacle HS and lives in Scottsdale, AZ…Was 2005 Arizona HS Swimmer of the Year…2005-06 NISCA All-American in both the 200 IM and 500 freestyle…Arizona State Champion in 200 IM in 2004 and 2005…This fall she was the La Jolla Rough Water Swim Champion in the 17-18 year old division…She was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 400 IM, and has been a National qualifier in the 200 and 400 IM, 400, 800 and 1500 Freestyle.
CHELSEA PIKE, Sprint
Freestyler, was Westlake HS in Austin, TX and now lCorona Del Mar HS in Corona
Del Mar, CA…Transferred to Corona Del Mar HS this fall…Can swim both the sprint
and middle distance freestyle events…
ALEXANDRA SULLIVAN, Sprint Freestyler, Newbury Park HS in Newbury Park, CA…Finished in 2006 6th in CIF 100 and 200 meter freestyle events…Can also swim the 500 free and butterfly events with her versatility…
SAMANTHA VANDEN BERGE, Distance Freestyler/IM, La Serna HS in Whittier, CA…Versatile swimmer that was 2006 CIF 500 freestyle champion and runner-up in 200 IM…Also anchored 400 free relay to CIF title and led team to second place CIF team finish…She was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 400 IM, plus the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. She was the high point swimmer at Junior Nationals last summer.
CHRISTOPHER HO, Santa
Barbara HS in Santa Barbara, CA…Played in various CIF Tournaments representing
his school…Biggest win was CIF victory at the Ojai Junior Doubles
AHMED ISMAIL, The Weil Academy, Ojai, CA…Will be playing in the Orange Bowl Junior Tournament upcoming and has fine junior record…Originally from Egypt…
NICOLAS MEISTER, Tesoro HS in Trabuco Hills, CA…Won Junior Sectionals 18 title of Southern California last summer and was CIF League Champion in 2006…Quarter-finalist at CIF Southern Section Individual Singles Championships…Competed in various national events…
ANDREA REMYNSE, Miami Online HS, and lives in Battle Creek, MI…Considered as possibly the #1 recruit in the nation going into college after being ranked as high as #1 in the USTA 18's…Remynse, who has been playing in the 18s division since the age of 13, recently captured the singles and doubles (w/Katie Rybakova) titles at the Costa Rica Bowl in San Jose, Costa Rica. She is also coming off a semifinal showing in both singles and doubles (w/Jamie Hampton) at the Easter Bowl in Palm Springs, Calif. She reached the finals of the 18s division at the USTA National Hardcourts as a 16-year old back in 2004. She has been ranked in the top-30 of the ITF Junior World Rankings, competing in such events as the U.S. Open, French Open, Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl junior tennis championships. Remynse, who has recently limited her junior schedule to play a number of professional events as an amateur, reached the finals of an ITF women's event in Mazatlan, Mexico this past May. She has also advanced to the semifinals in Los Mochis (Mexico) and Forth Worth (TX), and the quarterfinals in Southlake (TX) and Edmond (Okla.).
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD/CC:
TORI ANTHONY , Pole Vault, Castilleja HS and lives in Woodside, CA…She enters her senior year as the No. 2 prep vaulter in the country with a best vault of 13-4. Her mark ranked first in California last season. Anthony was the 2006 CA State Champion, as well as the USATF Junior National Champion last season. She represented the U.S. at the World Junior Championships in Beijing, China this past summer, finishing eighth overall. Her mark of 13-4 is a Central Coast Section record and ranks sixth all-time in CA.
JOY EATON, Sprinter, St. Lucy's HS and lives in Hacienda Height, CA…Eaton ended her junior season with the No. 15 400m time in CA in 2006 (55.67). At the CA State Meet, Eaton placed fourth in the quarter-mile…she can also run the 100 and 200 meters as well as legs on both relay teams…
DAYNA HILL, Jumps, Edison HS in Fresno, CA…Up and coming long and triple jumper that is being coached by Jeanette Bolden's former track teammate Alice Brown…She has marks 18-6 wind aided in the long jump and over 38-6 in the triple jump and is a league champion and 3-time State Meet qualifier…
SHANNON MURAKAMI, Distances, Saugus HS and lives in Santa Clarita,CA…She ended her junior season as the No. 4 800 meter runner in CA with a top time of 2:10.03. Her 1500m time (4:25.2) and 1600m time (4:43.04) both ranked her fifth in CA last season. At the CA State Meet in 2006, Murakami finished third in the 1600 meter…She is a league champion in cross country and has qualified each year for the State Meet…
KE'NYIA RICHARDSON, Hurdles/Jumps, Holy Names HS in Oakland, CA...She enters her senior season as the No. 1 triple jumper in the nation and CA with a best mark of 43-3.25, a mark that ranks fourth all-time in California. In 2006, Richardson won the CA State Meet triple jump title and finished seventh in votes in the race for Track and Field News' Prep Girls Athlete of the Year. Richardson also ranked eighth in California in the high hurdles last season (14.08) and 13th in the long jump (18-10.25)…
AUBREE STARK, Pole Vault,
Oak Park HS and lives in Agoura Hills, CA…She was the No. 18 ranked pole vaulter
in California last season with a best vault of 11-9 and is expected to have a
solid senior season…She was a State Meet qualifier…
MEN'S TRACK & FIELD/CC:
MICHAEL CYBULSKI, Distances, Royal HS in Simi Valley, CA…Cybulski enters his senior season at Royal HS as the team's No. 1 cross country runner, helping them to a No. 1 Division I team ranking. A top-ranked long distance runner, Cybulski will enter the outdoor track season as the No. 3 returning 2-mile runner in the country (8:53.85). He is also one of the top returning 3000m runners in the nation. In 2006, Cybulski posted the No. 5 3000m time (8:15.67) and No. 6 2-Mile time (8:53.85). His 3000m time ranks sixth all-time in the 3000m, while a 3200m time of 8:50.75 ranks 13th all-time. Cybulski ranked eighth in CA in the 1600m (4:10.47) and No. 2 in the 3200m in 2006, and is a two-time CA State Champion in the 3200m.
NEVIN GUTTERIEZ, Sprints-400 Meters, JW North HS in Riverside, CA…Gutteriez enters his senior track season as the No. 3 returning quarter-miler in the country, after ending the 2006 season ranked sixth in the nation (46.79). He ended the 2006 season second at the CA State Meet in the 400m and second on the performance list. He was also ninth in CA in the 200m last season (21.37).
KENT MORIKAWA, Distances, Torrance HS in Torrance, CA…Morikawa, the returning 2005 Daily Breeze Cross Country Runner of the Year, will head to UCLA after a strong junior campaign which saw him win the Pioneer League cross country title (16:03), placed second at the CIF Division II finals (15:24), fourth at the CA State Meet (15:39) and 19th at the West Regionals (16:12). On the track, Morikawa posted a season-best 9:11.46 in the 3200m (15th in CA in 2006) and won the Pioneer League title in that event, as well as advanced to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet.
CORY PRIMM, Middle Distances, Westlake HS and lives in Thousand Oaks, CA…Primm is the No. 1 returning 800m running in the nation after having posted the second-best time in 2006 (1:50.53/No. 6 in Junior competition). He won the 2006 CA State 800m title to finish the 2006 season as the state's top half-miler. He was also the No. 4 1500m runner in CA in 2006 with a best of 3:56.31…He is a honor student…
EVAN WATCHEMPINO, Distances, Jesuit HS and lives in El Dorado Hills, CA… He joins the Bruins as a strong long distance runner. Hampered by injuries in 2006, Watchempino has raced strong during the 2006 cross country season. Watchempino joins a long list of Jesuit HS runners who have competed for UCLA including All-American Austin Ramos and volunteer assistant coaches Scott Abbott and Michael Stember.
JASON WARD, Sprints-400
Meters, South Bakersfield HS in Bakersfield, CA…Standout sprinter, whose best
event is the 400 meters…He was 7th in the 2006 California State meet and has run
He is 6-2 with a great upside and could be in top 3 in State in the 400 by the end of the year…
DICEY MCGRAW, 5-10 Outside Hitter, Santa Margarita HS and lives in Laguna Niguel, CA…Has led her high school team this year to a #2 CIF ranking in her division and has been MVP or All-Tournament at all of her high school events during her senior year…She was a first team All-CIF selection as a junior…
KATERINA 'KATIE' MILLS,
6-3 Middle Blocker, Grandview HS in Aurora, Colorado…She was a starter last
summer for the Front Range Volleyball Club and was a member of the
All-Tournament Team at the USA Volleyball Girls 16 National Open
event. She had led her HS team into the State Tournament in
STEPHANIE NUCCI, 6-1 Setter, Gilbert HS in Gilbert, AZ…Set her team to the 2006 Arizona State Title and was named All-State for the second straight year…Played club ball with Sports Performance out of Chicago that won the 2006 Great Lakes Region 18 Elite category and finished third in the Gold Division at the USAVB tournament…Current Bruin Nellie Spicer set for Sports Performance before coming to UCLA…
PHILIP DARIN, 6-7 Middle Blocker, Edison HS in Huntington Beach, CA…Regarded as one of the top 3 prospects in California this year…Only llth grader on All-CIF Division I team…Led HS team in all offensive categories as the Chargers won the League and CIF Titles…Two-time Junior Olympics bronze medalist …
DARWIN EDWARDS, 6-5 Middle
Blocker, Palos Verdes HS, Rancho Palos Verdes Estates, CA…Will be a third
generation Bruin. His grandfather, Dick Edwards played football and his father,
John was on the fencing team. Darwin earned First-Team All-Bay League and
Peninsula's MVP award in 2006. He has the Panthers to a pair of CIF
DAVID FREITAG, 6-6 Middle Blocker-Outside Hitter, Hope Chapel Academy/Pacific Lutheran HS in Manhattan Beach, CA…4.2 honor student, who was a member of the World Champion High School first 'Robotics Team' and was the website design lead student…He plays HS volleyball for Pacific Lutheran and made the 2006 All-Prep League Team and was team MVP…He was starting middle blocker for the SCVC club team…Freitag's grandfather, father and his father's three siblings all graduated from UCLA. His aunt, Catherine Clarke, remained on campus and is currently a professor in the Biochemistry Department.
MARKO GLISIC, 6-9 Middle Blocker, DuPage CC and lives in Glen Ellyn, IL…He came to the United States as an exchange student for his last of high school at Acorn HS in Mena, Arkansas because of political strife in his country of Serbia……Now lives in Illinois as a part-time JC student…Originally from Pancevo, Servia
JOHN POLALES, 6-5 outside
hitter, New Trier Township HS inWinnetka, Illinois…Honorable Mention All-State
while leading HS team to league title and a regional title before losing in
State Tournament,…Played last summer on USA Junior Team…Led Adversity Volleyball
Club team to first place in the 2006 ASICS Junior National Volleyball
ALEX SCATTAREGGIA 6-4 seter, Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego, CA…He was the starting setter who led Seaside Volleyball Club to the 2006 national championship at the Junior Olympics. A two-time JO All-American, he also led Rancho Bernardo to the CIF San Diego Section I finals two straight years.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO:
MEGAN BURMEISTER, Driver,
Menlo HS in Menlo Park, CA…Scored winning goal in overtime in 2006 CCS Finals as
HS won their 3rd straight title…2006 League MVP…Member of National Youth
Training Squad…2-time All-Central Coast selection…
KELLY EASTERDAY, 2 Meters, Santa Barbara HS in Santa Barbara, CA…Co-CIF Division IV Player of the Year…Considered by many experts to be the #1 field player in the country…4.0 student and member USA Youth Team that won gold medal during the summer…3-time CIF team champion…Invited to play in USA Water Polo Top 40 Festival…1st team All-American
KELSEY MCGINLEY, Driver, Laguna Hills HS in Laguna Hills, CA…2nd Team All-CIF selection…One of the leading goal scorers in CIF last year…She had 88 goals and 82 steals in 24 matches last season…
PRISCILLA OROZCO, Driver, Montebello HS and lives in Commerce, CA…2006 CIF First-Team Selection…Has been a 3-time USA Jr. Olympic All-American…Captain of the gold medal winning National Youth Team last summer…One of few local high school girls invited to participate in the USA Water Polo Top 40 Festival…MVP of Speedo Top 40 Open in 2004…3-time first team All-CIF selection…
MONICA POWERS, Utility, Cardonelet HS and lives in Clayton, CA…Was the California State Freshman of the Year when she started on the girl's basketball team that won the State Title and the girl's water polo team…Gave up basketball after sophomore year to concentrate on basketball after winning another State Title…4-time water polo league MVP…3rd team All-American…
MORGAN RONIMUS, Goalkeeper, Coronado HS in Coronado, CA…All-League player in her area and one of most improved players at her position…2nd team All-CIF selection…Member of National Youth Team Training Squad…
CAMEO SULLIVAN, Driver, Menlo HS and lives in Los Altos, CA…All-Area selection and scored key goals in the playoff run to the CCS Title…4th team All-American and lst team All-Penisula selection…
NOEL UMPHREY, Driver, Foothill HS in Santa Ana, CA…3rd team All-CIF selection…Member of USA National Youth Team that won Jr. Pan Am Gold Medal last summer…Left-handed…Has won CIF titles in high school…3rd Team All-CIF selection…