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Three SCV athletes sign college letters

Posted: November 21, 2013 10:42 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2013 10:42 p.m.

Valencia swim’s Sophie Fiscella is surely preparing for the upcoming Foothill League season, but the senior has a lot to look forward to beyond that.

The two-time Foothill League 100-yard backstroke champion announced Monday that she’ll swim for the University of Utah of the Pac-12 conference in the fall of 2014 after signing a National Letter of Intent.

“The Pac-12 is the fastest conference in the nation, there are Olympians on every team — they are all crazy fast,” Fiscella said.

Fiscella ultimately chose Utah over Wyoming, UCSB and San Diego State.

“I chose Utah mainly because of their coaching style, it was really similar to what I’m used to at my practices,” Fiscella added. “Utah is at the bottom of the conference but they are improving so fast and I wanted to be a part of that turnaround.”

Fiscella has reached CIF finals every year she’s suited up for the Vikings, placing a personal best of third in the 100-back last season.

The future Utes swimmer was also league champion in the 50-free event as a sophomore, and finished second after just missing the repeat a year ago.

G.V.’s Jaiden France picks Grambling

Multi-purpose Golden Valley baseball player Jaiden France signed with Grambling State University, an NCAA Division I program, on Thursday.

France is a three-year varsity player who has demonstrated both hitting and pitching abilities. Jaiden was able to sign today under the early signing dates available for baseball, which began on Nov. 13.

He appeared in 20 games as a hitter for Golden Valley last season and 24 as a sophomore.

France also made 11 combined pitching appearances, two of which were starts, across the last two years. He had a 1.40 ERA in five innings of work this past spring.

Last season, Grambling State finished 18-30 and 9-15 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Hart’s Josh Randall signs with Western Oregon baseball

Hart senior pitcher Josh Randall signed a National Letter of Intent to Western Oregon University last week as the early signing period began for college commits.

Randall spent this past spring mostly as a relief pitcher for the Hart varsity baseball team.

“A lot of people have seen him at showcases. He’s done real well and he’s made some strides,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “I think he’s got a high upside. If we see continued improvement, we’ll see what happens.”

Last year was Randall’s first year of varsity ball, during which the right-hander made 13 appearances out of the bullpen and posted a 5.46 ERA with a save and a 3-2 record in 16 2/3 innings.

He had 15 strikeouts on the year.

Randall will join a Western Oregon team which competes in NCAA Division II and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Last season, Western Oregon finished 34-20 overall and 20-8 in conference.


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