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Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 10:37 PM

High school notebook: Local athletes celebrate signing with colleges

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    South High's Kelsey Henderson sitting next to her parents, Regina and Brian Henderson and South High athletic director Kyle Wylie along with principal Connie Grumling, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play volleyball at Norte Dame De Namur in California.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    South High's Kelsey Henderson gets a hug from her mom, Regina, as her dad Brian Henderson waits his turn, after Kelsey signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Norte Dame De Namur in California. South High athletic director Kyle Wylie is in the background.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Prior to the ceremonial re-enactment signing their letters of intent, Garces senior Kate Hamilton dabs away a tear as classmate Tristan Hammans looks toward family and friends in the Ram gym. Hamilton will play soccer for UC Davis while Hammans will play baseball for University of Cincinnati.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

As a goalkeeper, Garces senior Kate Hamilton is happiest when the attention is on someone else.

She didn't have that option Wednesday, when she celebrated her pending signing to play soccer with UC Davis during an afternoon ceremony at Garces.

"I'm not really one for much attention, but I'm really excited," Hamilton said. "I really could care less about being in the paper and that stuff. I'm just glad I get to play soccer in college."

Hamilton, who had been verbally committed to Cal State Bakersfield before switching to Davis two months ago, is a three-time first-team BVarsity All-Area selection.

Celebrating with Hamilton was another Garces senior, Tristan Hammans, who signed to play baseball at the University of Cincinnati.

"It's been a roller coaster, and you never know where you're going to get off till the end, but I'm so excited and happy to be signing," said Hammans, who chose the Bearcats over Purdue.

Hammans, a 6-foot-8 right-hander who has reached 89 mph with his fastball, said he wanted to study engineering and play in the Midwest, where he has family and spends many summers. He's on partial scholarship with the Bearcats.

"It just all worked out that Cincinnati was the best fit," he said. "They're playing a lot of big-name schools, so it'll be exciting to see those teams and pitch against them and really make a name for myself."

The two Division I-bound Rams were two of several local athletes to celebrate college signings Wednesday. Perhaps the most emotional was at South, where Kelsey Henderson had tears in her eyes as she talked about her volleyball signing with Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont.

"Hard work pays off," said Henderson, who's a 5-foot-7 outside hitter. "For all my years of playing, I was always told I was too short, but I kept fighting and working for this."

Henderson is the first athlete from South to sign a letter of intent since Julio Regla signed to play football at Sacramento State in 2009.

"If you set your goals high, they can come true," she said.

Also celebrating or signing Wednesday were Ridgeview's Jacquelyn Johnson (Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, for volleyball) and Will Cross (Colorado Mesa University for football); and Highland girls wrestlers Jaci Spells and Sierra Rodriguez, who both signed with University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ken., on academic and athletic scholarships.

Carrs form new training company

David and Derek Carr, local products who went to star at Fresno State and have joined with former Fresno State wide receiver and local athletic trainer Eric Mahanke to form a new athletic training company called Carr Elite.

The company will eventually move onto Carr property near Stockdale Highway and Nord Avenue, but the physical location hasn't been built yet. The first Carr Elite football camp is coming soon, though. It's the Carr Elite Quarterback & Receiver Clinic and is May 3 -- just days before Derek Carr is expected to be taken in the NFL Draft -- at Bakersfield Christian. USC quarterback Cody Kessler, another local product, also will be present.

Instruction will be provided for players age 9-12 starting at 9 a.m., and for 13 and older beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $150 and includes a T-shirt and signed photo.

For more information or to register, visit campscui.active.com/orgs/CarrEliteFootball.

Foothill Hall of Fame

The Foothill High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its second class at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bakersfield Country Club.

Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. For information and tickets, call (661) 872-1651.

Inductees into the Trojans' second class are: Neil Agness (football, class of 1968), Ted Armjio (football, 1969), Jim Wooster (football, 1970), Jon Des Pois (football, 1973), Rashaan Shehee (football, 1993); Joe Turner (basketball, 1984), Max Odom (wrestling, 1999), Maryann Martinez (cross country, 1990), Bo Alade (track and field, 1998), John Clark (coaching, 1974), Jerry Robinson (coaching), Bill Moore (coaching) and contributors Ray Juhl and Chuck Harriger. The 1965 section-championship football team also will be inducted.

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