Four Oak Ridge athletes sign letters of intent

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Four Oak Ridge student-athletes signed letters of intent Wednesday on National Signing Day.

Soccer players Michaela Kelsey, Carisa Rivers and Olivia Frace, along with rower Paige Gugino, will continue their athletic careers at colleges next fall.

Kelsey will be attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas to play soccer, a sport that she has been playing since she was 5 years old. While she didn’t play for Oak Ridge High’s team, she has been playing competitive soccer for nine years. She currently plays for Placer United. At Oak Ridge, Kelsey has been a four-year member of the track and field team, where she sprints and participates in relays and jumping events.

Rivers and Frace played on Oak Ridge’s varsity soccer team all four years of high school; Rivers playing forward and midfield and Frace playing everywhere but goalkeeper. Both girls also play competitively, Rivers for San Juan and Frace with the Cal Blue Strikers.

Rivers has played soccer since she was 5 years old and competitively since she was eight. She’s headed to Middle Tennessee State and will major in business. Frace will take her talents to the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where she plans to study Kinesiology with an emphasis on athletic training.

Gugino, who began rowing with the Upper Natoma Rowing Club as a novice is 2010 and has now earned a scholarship to attend San Diego State.

“Paige has impressed me with her work ethic, teamwork and enthusiasm,” Upper Natoma Rowing Club Coach Chris Magnabusen said. “She’s 6 feet tall and is a very lean and powerful athlete. She works hard everyday, never backs down from our many difficult workouts and is a competitor. She strives to make herself and others around her better.”

Oak Ridge Athletic Director Steve White was proud to have the athletes sign.

“I think this is a tremendous statement for them, both athletically and academically,” White said. “I want to thank their parents and the coaches for their support of these athletes.”