Annual Signing Day ...

Coronado High School Islander athletes Samantha Christie, Jack Hunt, Jack Hilinski, Ryan Ward, Naomi York, Audrey Moore, Riley McGrath, Katherine Wastila and Allie White pose with Coronado High School principal Karin Mellina on the quad on the annual signing day.

Signing one’s National Letter of intent is no small moment for a student athlete. It’s a commitment to play your sport for hopefully the next four years at a specific university. Perhaps more importantly, it is a moment that validates and rewards those who put in the countless extra hours and reps at the gym, on the field, pitch, or pool.

And for a handful of Islanders that moment came this past Thursday Nov. 11.

Among those who signed last Thursday included:

Samantha Christie, the Islanders second leading goal scorer and mainstay midfielder signed to play soccer at the University of California Santa Barbra.

Riley McGrath, the Islanders leading goal scorer from last season, signed to play soccer at Vassar College.

Allie White, who was simply unstoppable last season for the Islander Girls Lacrosse team, signed to play lacrosse at Kennesaw State University.

Naomi York, who has been a key member of one of the most elite girls field hockey programs in San Diego, signed to play Field Hockey at Haverford College.

Audrey Moore, the extremely gifted swimmer, signed to continue her swim career at the University of California at San Diego

Katherine Wastilia, who has been a major part of the Islanders Girls Water Polo team, will surely be a force for this upcoming season, signed to play water polo at Loyola Marymount University.

Jack Hunt, the sharp shooting Islanders forward will be taking his talent and soccer skills to the next level as he signed to play soccer at Princeton.

Jack Hilinski, the offensive powerhouse for the Islanders Boys Water Polo team, signed to continue his water polo career at the University of California Los Angeles.

Ryan Ward, the left-handed slugging shortstop for the Islanders Baseball team signed with SEC powerhouse, The University of Arkansas.

All the Islanders listed above should take great pride in their hard work and accomplishments. Congratulations!

And be assured, this is just the first wave of Islander Signees, as over the next several months students can still sign a National Letter of Intent to commit to play at the next level.

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