Sahuaro held its signing day on Monday afternoon. Six Cougars will be playing at the next level:
Jacquelynn Elmer, Scottsdale: Soccer
Amber Romero, Scottsdale: Softball
Sydney Harden, Pima: Basketball
Reazsha Benjamin, Pima: Basketball
Stephen Miller, Briar Cliff: Football
Gianni Romero, Pima: Volleyball
“This feels great,” Gianna Romero said after the ceremony. “I’m super excited for the opportunity and I hope to continue after my two years at Pima.”
Romero didn’t take long to decide once an offer was on the table.
“I got my offer a couple of weeks ago and I just took it,” she added. “My family can see me play. It’s really the best, I didn’t need to think about it.”
Amber Romero also had an offer but an injury put that offer in risk. The senior outfielder came through all those struggles just fine.
“I had an offer from Scottsdale in the beginning of the season but I hurt my shoulder,” Romero explained. “They offered me again. I’m feel really blessed to have this opportunity.”
Romero loved the campus and she will be rooming with Justine Valles of Sabino when the two get there in the fall.
Sydney Harden had one of the best careers in the history of Sahuaro basketball. She actually had one of the best in the history of Arizona. The power forward finished with 1,575 points and 1,120 rebounds. That comes out to almost a double-double in every game of her career and both marks are tops in Cougar history.
Harden, along with teammate Reazsha Benjamin, will be playing for Pima next year, making the program even more powerful.
“I’m excited I get to play with Reazsha at the next level,” Harden said. “I’ll feel more comfortable with my family here and I know how good Pima is but I’m ready to work hard and push myself forward.”
Flowing Wells standout Christine Ortega signed with Pima at a ceremony held in her school gym.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to become an Aztec on and off the court,” Ortega wrote on her Twitter feed.
According to her father David Ortega, Christine benefited from the Pima staff watching other players such as Shalise Fernander but she tore her ACL right before her senior year. He is understandably excited about her future with Pima.
“They are well aware of her capabilities and potential and have seen her excellent progress since her knee surgery on December 21,” her father said. “Thankfully they have seen enough and offered her a full scholarship for this upcoming year.”
Desert Christian held a ceremony Friday morning. The school recognized four athletes:
Nicholas Tucker, Soccer, Arizona Christian
Sarah Butler, Soccer, Colorado Christian
Zachary Rosson, Baseball, Northwestern College
Stephanie Smith, Soccer, Providence Christian
“What an amazing blessing it is to see all of Nick’s hard work and his dream of playing collegiate soccer become reality,” his mother Lori Tucker said. “We couldn’t be more proud of him!”
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