There is so much more than just the spring season that high school athletes lost when schools were closed and athletics were cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Although most athletes signed national letter of intents in February or late last year, some were still deciding like Glendora High school girls basketball standout Jorday Holmes, who recently announced that she has signed with Cal State Dominguez Hills.
With school out, there won’t be the traditional signing ceremony at the school for late signees like Holmes, so she did what many are doing. She posted her announcement with a video on her social media account.
In addition to thanking her teachers and coaches, and those at Cal State Dominguez Hills for offering her a scholarship, she showed appreciation for her teammates and family.
“I would like to thank my teammates throughout all of my years,” said Holmes. “I hope you know how much you played a part in my life and the experiences we shared. And I want to thank my mom, dad, sisters, grandparents and the rest of my family and friends. Regardless of the outcomes, you were always there for me.”
Holmes had a big senior year. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds while helping Glendora share the Palomares League title. As a sophomore Holmes was on the Tartans’ CIF-SS championship squad that went unbeaten before losing in the state playoffs.
“Jorday had 40 points on her senior night and led our team in almost every statistical category,” Glendora coach Adam Nunemaker said “She also passed Alexis Lowden (who is at Azusa Pacific) as our all time leading scorer in the history of the school. Dominguez Hills is getting the most talented player to come out of Glendora.”
MUIR’S CALEN BULLOCK SIGNING WITH USC
Over the weekend, Muir High School defensive back and wide receiver Calen Bullock, a four-star prospect, announced his intentions to sign with USC.
Bullock, who led Muir in receptions with 40 for 914 yards and eight touchdowns, also helped the Mustangs reach the CIF Southern Section Divisional semifinals.
Bullock, who is 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, chose USC over other offers from Oregon, Texas, Ohio State and others.
“USC is getting a game changer with top NFL talent abilities,” Muir football coach Zaire Calvin said. “Calen is a long rangy ball hawk who is equally as good on offense. And his jumping ability and body control is unmatched by anyone they have ever had.”
FOUR MT. SAC BASEBALL PLAYERS COMMIT
Although they didn’t get to finish their senior years because of the Coronavirus cancellations, four Mt. SAC baseball players that played for local high schools are moving on.
Diego Barrera, who played at Bishop Amat and then transferred to Damien, had signed with the University of Washington and was there for a year before moving back home and attending Mt. SAC for his sophomore season. Though the season was cut short Barrera, a left-handed pitcher, he was able to nab a scholarship offer from Loyola Marymount, where he will be this fall.
“Signing with LMU opens up more opportunities for my future,” Barrera said. “It is a great baseball program with a coaching staff that I am excited to work with.”
Mt. SAC’s Tyus Santa Anna, a sophomore catcher from Arcadia High School, is heading to nearby Azusa Pacific University.
Santa Anna’s teammate while at Arcadia, Jacob Kampen, was the South Coast Conference pitcher of the year as a sophomore after returning from a back injury. He is signing with the University of Cumberlands.
Dylan Zavala, from Walnut High School, was a sophomore outfielder at Mt. SAC and signed with Chico State.