Del Oro seniors sign on for athletic scholarships

By: Mike Ray, Loomis News Correspondent
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The fruits of athletic prowess and academic achievement paid off handsomely this week at Del Oro High School as six Golden Eagle student-athletes used the NCAA’s early-signing period to ink college scholarships for next year. Golf, softball, swimming and volleyball were the range of sports covered by the six collegiate-bound Golden Eagles. In golf, Del Oro senior Austin Smotherman signed with Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Smotherman helped lead Del Oro to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section master’s championship last spring. Three Del Oro High Lady Eagle softball players – all who have been three-year starters on a trio of Sierra Foothill League championship teams – also inked letters of intent on Monday. They included Whitney Smith, who is headed to Fresno State; Hannah George, who is University of Delaware-bound; and Jordan Courage, who will play at Iona University in New York. Two Del Oro High swimmers also signed with Div. I schools. Seven-time All-American and defending 200 IM Sac-Joaquin Section champion Brian Westlake will swim at Southeastern Conference power Alabama, while teammate Weston Landre, also with high school All-American times, will swim next year for the University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos. Also headed for New York is senior volleyball player Tatum Jungsten. Jungsten, a two-time all-SFL selection for the Lady Eagles and team captain, will play at the University of Albany.