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May 20, 2011 > Moreau Catholic athletes moving to the college game

Moreau Catholic athletes moving to the college game

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

As athletes grow older, the truly dedicated set goals to advance to the next level. First, as children, an athlete embarks in youth sports, whether it be Little League baseball or softball, youth soccer or football. Then, you enter the high school ranks where competition ratchets up a notch. And for the select few, after high school, an athlete's next step up the latter is collegiate athletics.

For Moreau Catholic High School, a number of its student-athletes will be making that next step. On Wednesday, May 11, four Mariners officially committed to play sports at the next level.

Moreau star softball hurler Alyssa Castillo was one of the four commits. Castillo signed on to continue her fast-pitch career at Humboldt State. In her time at Moreau, Castillo played four years of varsity ball, lettering each year. In addition to pitching, Castillo was consistent with the bat as well, leading the Lady Mariners in hitting as well.

Also going to Humboldt, but to play basketball, is Danielle Gaumer. Gaumer teamed up with Castillo on the softball team, also playing four years of varsity. However, her No. 1 sport is basketball, where she also played four years of varsity, and will continue to play next winter at the collegiate level. Gaumer scored at a high rate on a regular basis for Moreau including netting 21 at the senior all-star game.

Michael Temple has verbally committed to Notre Dame de Namur for cross country. While at Moreau, Temple played four years of varsity baseball; two years of varsity cross country; and a year of varsity basketball. Temple discovered cross county in his junior year and instantly turned himself into the lead runner, guiding the boys team to the North Coast Section playoffs both years.

Bianca Lemus will be joining Temple at Notre Dame de Namur and will continue her soccer career. Lemus played all four years at Moreau on the girls varsity soccer team. Out of her central midfielder position - typically where the leader of the team is positioned - Lemus led the Mariners in scoring three of the four years. In three years, she was also named to the first team all league.

While Castillo, Gaumer, Temple and Lemus are all signed and committed to their respective college for the fall, Moreau Catholic also celebrated the commitment of several more athletes who will not sign official letters of intent.

Committing to play football are Nick Meares and Alex Den Bleyker for Pacific and Washington State, respectively; Shelby Long and Kyra Kawasaki will continue their softball careers, Long for Claremont-McKenna and Kawasaki for Weber State; Andrew McIntire and Anika Adeni are both moving on to continue running cross country for CSU Monterey Bay and Boston University respectively; Crystal Paz is heading to Cal Berkeley for gymnastics; and Megan Scully is moving on to Chaminade University for basketball. (At time of press, Moreau was still waiting to hear on commitments of Andy Mitchell, Chico or SF State for basketball, and Kacey Holt, Howard or Metro for basketball.)

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