Two Cougar Athletes Celebrate The Second National Signing Day

Jordyn Ohashi, Reporter

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Friends and family of two college bound athletes gathered to celebrate National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 7. The athletes recognized were Megan Dean and Chase Direito. Dean will be attending California State University, Stanislaus for cross country and track. Direito has committed to Menlo College for volleyball.  

Not only will they continue to compete, but they both earned scholarships for their excellency. Which is evident from what their coaches have said about them.

“[Direito] is a pretty dynamic athlete,” said Coach Richard Lake, the CHS boys volleyball coach. “Very quick, very athletic, and jumps really well.”

“[Dean] is going to take some fantastic talents and some fantastic intelligence and fantastic leadership, the whole package to the next level,” said Bill Buettner, the head track and field coach.

Signing to a college was not something that either of the athletes planned or thought was possible, but their hard work paid off allowing them to continue their sports career. Dean and Direito have already met their future teammates and speak highly of them.  

“I’m very excited for a new experience and the next chapter of athletics,” said Dean. “I have meet the team and they seem really fun and very diverse.”

“[The team] took me in like one of their brothers,” said Direito. “They’re a bunch of great guys.”

Both of the coaches believe that their athletes are prepared for the next level of competition. The coaches have not only been training their athletes for their last seasons, but also preparing them physically and mentally for the intensity of college athletics.

“Due to the work ethic, and coming from the kind of success we have had here in the program, I think [Direito] will be ready for the next level,” said Lake.

“We operate our practices like college practices,” said Sean McManus, the head cross country coach. “I think if [Dean] continues to develop her communication and willingness to express how she is feeling then physically she is totally ready.”

Athletics are not the only thing that our athletes are have planned. They are excited for other aspects of college.

“I’m looking forward to traveling,” said Dean. “I will most likely be able to go to a lot of different meets out of state.”

“I’m looking forward to moving on with my career,” said Direito. “I want to start making money and have everything planned when I get there.”

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