On Thursday, May 23, Foothill High School honored 21 athletes at the 2019 Committed Athlete Luncheon. The event was sponsored by Foothill Athletic Boosters and Eddie Papa's. The recruited seniors will go on to play at the collegiate level in 10 different sports, at either a two- or four-year colleges.
Foothill Principal Sebastian Bull spoke at the event and commented, "I am so proud to witness the excitement for these young student athletes as they begin the next chapter in their lives. The student athletes have represented Foothill with pride for four years and will be assets to their new campuses. As a school, we are proud of their accomplishments and want to remind these amazing student athletes that they will always be Falcons. We wish them the best of luck on and off their playing fields."
Also speaking at the event was Foothill Athletic Director Dusty Collins, Girls Softball coach Matt Sweeney, Sweeney's daughter Danielle, who played soccer at the University of Oregon and started in all 80 of her collegiate games, as well as a number of other Foothill coaches who spoke to the group introducing and praising the dedication and achievements of each of the honored students.
The honored athletes (in alphabetical order), and the schools they will attend, include: Bella Aduaka (track & field, Cal Poly), Hope Alley (softball, University of Pittsburgh), Elisabeth Balicanta (swimming, Siena College), Jack Brice (basketball, Bethel College), Jonah Cooper (swimming, Ohio State University), Calvin David (swimming, University of California at Berkeley), Stephanie Dunlop (not pictured) (cheer, Oklahoma State University), Ellen Ebbers (softball, Morgan State University), Jake Gebb (baseball, Chabot College), Amber Huk (tennis, Sonoma State University), Jacob Hvidt (lacrosse, Southwestern University), Peyton Raun (soccer, University of Pennsylvania), Josh Robinson (baseball, Ohlone College), Haley Roundtree (volleyball, California State University, Los Angeles), Joe Scalzo (baseball, California Lutheran University), Nicholas Skinner (swimming, Texas Christian University), Cory Steinhauer (baseball, University of Reno, Nevada), Matt Sugden (baseball, San Francisco State), and Russell Sullivan (track & field, American University).