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Thirteen student-athletes sign letters of intent at Oak Ridge

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Thirteen student-athletes from Oak Ridge High signed the dotted line Nov. 14, accepting scholarships to colleges and university across the nation.

Five members of the Oak Ridge swim team, two softball players, a baseball, a basketball and a tennis player along with a rower, rider and wrestler will be playing sports on scholarships in college next year.

Cypress Lampe, Dylan Kubick, Brandon Mills, Maddie Velez and Jordan Gotro from the swim team all signed. Lampe signed with UC San Diego; Kubick is headed to UC Santa Barbara, while Mills is going to Arizona State. Velez will swim for the University of Utah, while Gotro will dive for the University of South Carolina.

All five athletes have been mainstays and high-point scorers for the Trojans, featuring a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed. Mills has three school records and three Delta River League records, while Kubick has two school records and two league records. Gotro switched from being a gymnast to diving two years ago and quickly became one of the top divers in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Lauren Bertoy and Jackie Schmaeling, representing the softball team, will attend Stanford and St. Martin’s University in Washington, respectively.

“Lauren and Jackie are five-tool players who can run, hit for power, hit for average, play defense and throw,” Oak Ridge softball coach Sam Kloczko said. “More important than that, though, they’ve shown great leadership and dedication and are great students as well.”

Alec de Watteville will attend San Jose State to play baseball. De Watteville’s been a starter on the varsity baseball team since he was a sophomore and through hard work and perseverance became a feared hitter, according to his coach, Todd Melton.

Haley Anderson will play basketball next year at UC San Diego.

“Haley is a three-year varsity player and is our most versatile player,” Oak Ridge basketball coach Steve White said. “She can dribble, defend and shoot and can also post up against a bigger player. More importantly, she’s a hard worker and can lead the team.”

Tori Trylovich will take her tennis talents to Sacramento State.

“Tori led the team to our first league championship (in the Delta River League) and she was the league MVP,” Oak Ridge tennis coach Ralph Clark said. “She also led us to the section semis. She’s got a lot of natural talent, but has also worked very hard.”

Sarah Meltz is headed to Creighton, where she will continue to row. Her coach with the Upper Natoma Rowing Club, Chris Manibusan, said she possesses great dedication and continues to push herself and encourage teammates. She is also a leader by example.

Maggie Drysch, who will attend Oklahoma State University as a member of the equestrian team, has been riding horses since she was 7.

Keaton Subjeck, a three-year league champion, two-time Division I section champion and two-time state qualifier, will wrestle next year for Stanford University.

“Keaton’s accomplishments speak for themselves, but what sets him apart is the type of person he is and how he treats other people,” Oak Ridge wrestling coach Casey Rhyan said. “He’s got incredible integrity, character and work ethic and has zero ego. He’s G.P.A. is over 4.0. I’ve never had another wrestling like him and probably never will.”