SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nine St. Francis Catholic High School seniors representing seven different sports made commitments or signed National Letters-of-Intent to play sports in college next fall at a ceremony at the school today.
"It was what I have been waiting for," said senior Logan Kelly from Rio Linda, who signed with Lewis & Clark College. "It was exciting and I was so glad to get to sign with all the girls from my class. It was a really neat ceremony and I am so grateful for everyone who was a part of it."
The student-athletes participated in a press-conference styled event to officially sign their commitment letters. They also discussed their college choices and favorite memories from their time at St. Francis. TroubieTV broadcast the event live online and GoodDay Sacramento made live hits during the ceremony.
Kelly was a four-year member of the varsity basketball team, averaging career-bests in every statistical category this year. She scored 6.7 points per game and grabbed 7.6 rebounds, recording six games in double figures with five double-digit rebound performances en route to an All-Delta League selection.
The cross country and track and field teams had three athletes make commitments. Erica Cradeur (Elk Grove) will run for Creighton cross country, Alana Reyna (Elk Grove) will run for Sonoma State and Isabella Rudis (Granite Bay) will compete for Chapman University. The trio helped the Troubies to Delta League and Sac-Joaquin Section titles this fall and a Top-10 finish at the State Championships. Rudis has jumped a personal-bests in three of her events this spring and ranks among the Top 20 in the section in all three.
Softball's Mary Baccay (Elk Grove) will play for the Providence Friars in the Big East. She has hit .328 with 65 RBIs over 87 games in her career.
The soccer program was represented by Anna Huber (Sacramento) signing with Wheaton and Anissah Surita (Sacramento) playing for Folsom Lake College.
Swimming senior Emily Bartylla will take the pool for Occidental next fall.
"Now I can really see myself being successful at Oxy in the pool and with my classes with the support of my parents and my team," said Bartylla. "It was really special today. When I was talking about my favorite St. Francis memory, I could look out at my friends and parents and knowing they have been with me the whole way."
Senior Elizabeth Stodden also made a commitment to Fresno State in the sport of equestrian. While not a CIF sponsored sport, the Bulldogs are one of an elite number of schools that sponsor the event at the NCAA Division I level.
Overall, 18 St. Francis seniors have made commitments from the Class of 2018.
2018 St. Francis Spring Commitments/Signees
Name, Sport , College/University
- Mary Baccay, Softball, Providence
- Emily Bartylla, Swimming, Occidental
- Erica Cradeur, Cross Country/Track & Field, Creighton
- Anna Huber, Soccer, Wheaton
- Logan Kelly, Basketball, Lewis & Clark
- Alana Reyna, XC/Track & Field, Sonoma State
- Isabelle Rudis, Cross Country/Track, Chapman
- Elizabeth Stodden, Equestrian, Fresno State
- Anissah Surita, Soccer, Folsom Lake College