In depth look; Fall signing day


The annual Fall sport signing day has finally arrived. On Wednesday Feb. 3rd, two ceremonies occurred one at eight and the other at ten fifteen a.m. due to the surplus of achieved athletes. The signing ceremonies consisted of football, baseball, softball, cross country and track, badminton, golf, and soccer varsity players. 

Teammates and family members were allowed to attend the signing as athletes and their coaches shared a few words on their performance and illuminated their highlights. “Their accomplishments say a lot about the following: programs, coaches, parents and their fellow players,” Athletic director Jennifer Burks remarked. 

The signing ceremony’s purpose is to acknowledge the well accomplished athletes and their “commitment to play their sport in college,” Burks stated.

From the United States Air Force Academy to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and from football to golf, all Fall sports and some Spring sports featured their best athletes. All coaches agreed that their “dedication and hard working attitude” is what helped them fulfill their college athlete career, girls track coach Bryan Idleman said.

Baseball coach Damien Tippett shows his appreciation for varsity senior baseball players Carter Richey (South Mountain Community College) and Justin Still (University of New Mexico) by observing that they would not have their college opportunities “without their hard work” and believing that “to be a college athlete you have to work on your own.”

Twins Kate (Arizona State University) and Kylie Miller (Arizona State University) were proven leaders during their high school track/cross country career as “their work ethic was both successful and impressive,” Idleman claimed.

First ever college committed badminton athlete, Ashley Rodarte (Arizona Christian University) and three time doubles champion is one of the most accomplished badminton players in the state. “Ashley is one of Perry’s most honored athletes,” Burks stated. 

Football players: Cade Berger (United States Air Force Academy), Austin Brenn (University of Jamestown), Grant Sands (Weber State University), Ryan Severson (Western New Mexico University), and Dane White (University of Jamestown) “persevered through strange times and their patience was able to help achieve their goals,” football coach Preston Jones remarked.

The only softball committee of this season, Natalya Delsante (Kenyon College) moved coach Rob Hehe to tears as he believes that her being the “hardest worker and never having to be worried about” helped her achieve her position on a college team.

Many women’s soccer players attended and earned their spot at this ceremony: Emilie Bennet (Southeastern University), Jazmyn Brass (Boise State University), Sierra Haren (Minot State University), Mikella Reed (Northern Arizona University), Elena Rivera (Benedictine University – Mesta), and Adelie Zechmann (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) each thanked their teammates for the friendships that developed. “First of all I want to thank my fellow players and the long lasting friendships that we have created,” Elana Rivera said.

Women’s golf coach Scott Uyeshiro highlighted Kylie Rehberger (South Mountain Community College) and Malia Uyeshiro (University of South Alabama) well deserved college opportunities. “Just in their four years of playing golf I can absolutely say that they earned this,” Uyeshiro claimed.

All of these athletes took advantage of their athleticism and maintained signings with colleges; although they will move on to further places with their sports “they will always be pumas,” Burks stated.