Thousands of high school senior student athletes from around the country inked national letters of intent on Wednesday’s signing day, including four girls from Spanish Springs.
A ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon at Spanish Springs High outside the school’s large gym.
Ireland Bennett was the lone athlete to sign at a four-year university. She will continue her volleyball career at Oregon Tech – an NAIA program in Klamath Falls, Ore.
Bennett was a staple for the successful Spanish Springs volleyball program the last few years. She moved from outside hitter to middle blocker this fall and was named a second-team all-league selection for the Cougs, who went 32-8 and won the High Desert League title.
The Owls went 12-14 this fall in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Bennett also plays basketball at Spanish Springs.
Anhelica Shanrock will play basketball at College of the Siskiyous – a junior college in Weed, Calif.
Shanrock is the leading scorer for Spanish Springs this winter and is a significant reason the Cougs (16-7, 10-3) are having one of their best seasons in recent memory.
At College of the Siskiyous, Shanrock will play for a premier program. The Eagles are 21-1 this winter and will take a 19-game winning streak into tonight’s scheduled contest at Shasta.
Kalli Prendergast and Madison Escolar will both play soccer at the next level. Prendergast signed to elongate her playing career at Utah State University Eastern – a junior college in Nice, Utah about 100 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
She scored three goals and passed out two assists for the Cougs this fall.
Prendergast joins an Eagles program that went 13-3-3 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference this year. She also plays basketball at Spanish Springs.
Her now former teammate, Escolar, is staying close to home. Escolar will play for Lake Tahoe Community College.
The Coyotes finished 6-11-1 in the fall, good for fourth in the Golden Valley Conference.
Escolar scored twice and finished with one assist this fall.