Two soccer players and a pair of softball players at La Quinta High School signed letters of intent to play in college on Wednesday, as a part of National Signing Day.
The four – Alexi Mejia, Lucas Rosales, Lauren Robinson and Kamryn Tiumalu – sat at a table in the middle of the school’s quad at noon, during a bustling lunch hour, with hundreds of peers and teachers in attendance for the annual event.
Mejia, a midfielder who has four goals and four assists for the Blackhawks this year, will play at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Rosales, a forward for the unbeaten (11-0-3) boys’ soccer team, will play at Cal State Fullerton, a Division I soccer program in Orange County. He currently has 19 goals and six assists in 13 games this season.
Robinson and Tiumalu, who have yet to begin their senior seasons, will play at Corban University (Oregon) and Saint Martins University (Wash.).
Tiumalu will transition from second base this year at La Quinta to help her get comfortable with the position she’ll play in college.
“It’s definitely easier to have this over with before the season starts,” Tiumalu said. “I can relax a little bit and enjoy the season.”
Robinson will play at a small, Liberal Arts school that will have a smaller enrollment than her high school. It’s the quaint, intimate environment and scenic campus that drew her to the Northwest.
Meanwhile, Mejia and Rosales have high hopes as they approach the postseason. The girls’ team is No. 1 in Division 4, and the boys is currently No. 4 in Division 2.
“It’s really humbling,” Mejia said, “that all of the work you’ve put in your whole life is paying off. This is something I’ve been dreaming about my whole life.”
Though his scholarship to Fullerton is not a full ride, Rosales is the first boys’ soccer player in several years from the Coachella Valley to secure a Division I offer. He said he’s glad to have the signing over with because now he can play a little more aggressively down the final stretch of the season with less of a worry over getting injured.
“Definitely going to train hard and play harder now because they’ve given me an opportunity to play there.” Rosales said.
Athletic director Dan Armstrong said more signings could be coming for the Blackhawks, particularly with All-California Interscholastic Federation tailback Benji Cordova, who is currently in talks with a number of schools.
La Quinta signings
Alexi Mejia, Cal Lutheran
Lucas Rosales, Cal State Fullerton
Lauren Robinson, Corban University
Kamryn Tiumalu, Saint Martins University