Troubies at the Next Level


Soccer’s Anissah Surita to Play at Folsom Lake College

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Anissah Surita missed most of her senior season on the field but she as not ready to hang up her cleats. The Sacramento native will play again next fall at Folsom Lake College.

“I am super excited and I am playing with three of my club teammates,” said Surita, who will study kinesiology and hopes to become a physical therapist.

Surita suffered a torn Achilles tendon during club soccer season that eventually sidelined her for most of the high school season.


Senior Elizabeth Stodden to Ride for Fresno State Equestrian

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Elizabeth Stodden has been on horses for as long as she can remember and her talent on them is taking her to Fresno State to compete for the Bulldogs.

“I definitely did not think (riding horses) would lead me to college,” said Stodden. “It is super cool. I have done it competitively but it was a passion and fun thing to do. I used to play soccer but I enjoy riding way more.”


Softball’s Baccay to Sign with Providence

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Softball’s Mary Baccay will sign a National Letter-of-Intent to join the Providence softball program on the Spring National Signing Day on April 11.

“It is really exciting,” said Baccay. “They were my first choice. I really love the coaches and teammates. When I went on my visit, I felt like the right pick for me. Something I felt more than at any of the other schools was how comfortable the coaches and players made me feel.”


Senior Isabella Rudis to Compete for Chapman University

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Isabella Rudis will attend and compete for Chapman University in the fall.

“Competing for Chapman means a lot to me,” said Rudis. “It was my top school academically and my favorite school to go to. When I found out there was an option to compete there, it was 10,000 times better. They do not give athletic money so I had to get in the school first and they offered me the spot on the team. I was really excited especially after meeting a few girls on the team.”


Logan Kelly to Play Basketball at Lewis & Clark

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior basketball player Logan Kelly will play at Division III Lewis & Clark in Portland, Ore., next fall, making her commitment official on April 11 at the St. Francis Spring Signing Day celebration.

“I am extremely excited and kinda nervous too,” said Kelly. “Playing basketball in college was something I always hoped I could do. Coming into my senior year, Lewis & Clark was where I wanted to be. After visiting over the summer, I got a feel for the campus and the people were amazing. It was exactly what I was looking for (in a school).”


Two St. Francis Seniors Sign with NCAA Soccer Programs

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis seniors Marlee Nicolos (Santa Clara) and Taylor Simpkins (Point Loma Nazarene) each signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer next fall in college at a ceremony at the school Wednesday morning.

Nicolos, who currently is the leading scorer for the Troubadour basketball team, is recognized as one of the top goalies in Northern California. She plays for the San Juan Soccer club and was a member of the St. Francis soccer program for two seasons.


Senior Taylor Simpkins to Play at Point Loma Nazarene

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Taylor Simpkins will sign to play soccer with Pt. Loma Nazarene Sea Lions at the St. Francis Soccer Signing Day celebration on Feb. 7.

“At first it was all about the campus,” said Simpkins about the attraction to PLNU. “My mom and went to San Diego to tour all the schools in the area. Pt. Loma was the first one and I just had the feeling that it was where I needed to be.”


Nicolos to Sign with Santa Clara Soccer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Marlee Nicolos will sign with Santa Clara soccer program next month during the NCAA National Signing Day for soccer.

“I am so excited about signing with Santa Clara,” said Nicolos. “It is amazing. I have been excited and a little nervous but after my official visit on Sept. 29, it made everything so much more exciting. I met the girls in my (recruiting) class, girls on the team and had team bonding. It was an amazing experience and one of the best nights I have had.”


St. Francis Senior Ranker to Sign with Cal for Rowing

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Sydney Ranker has committed to UC Berkeley and will sign with their nationally-ranked rowing program on the upcoming National Signing Day on Nov. 8.

“I am really excited to go to Cal,” said Ranker. “They are the No. 1 school for rowing and are a regular at NCAAs every year. It is a really competitive program that I want to be part of.”


Basketball Player Razo Signs with Dominican

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior basketball player Julia Razo will continue her basketball career at Dominican University in San Rafael.

“I am really grateful for it and I was not expecting it,” said Razo. “I am really excited for a new beginning. It has always been a goal to play in college so I am glad I got it.”


Lourim to Run for UC Santa Cruz

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Allie Lourim will attend UC Santa Cruz and run for their cross country and track and field programs next year.

“Running in college was definitely one of my goals,” said Lourim. “I am happy I get to continue doing what I love. This has been the dream to sign with a school.”

She will run for Head Coach Jamey Harris.


Fencer Gabby Zegers to Sign with Duke

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lindsey Lohan, a phone book and a family rule. St. Francis senior Gabby Zegers definitely came across fencing in a non-traditional way. But eight years later, she is devoted to the sport and is going to Duke to join their nationally-ranked program on scholarship.


St. Francis Senior Del Mar to Join UNR Rifle Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Veronica Del Mar has committed to attend the University of Nevada-Reno and will compete on the Wolfpack’s NCCA rifle team.

“I am so excited to compete against my current teammates who are going to other NCAA schools,” said Del Mar. “I have put a lot of work into this and I don’t want to stop here. It is going to be harder and a lot of fun. It will be great to compete against people not just California but the whole United States. Hopefully, I will make the travel team.”


Roepke Commits to Cal State East Bay for Swimming

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Tatum Roepke was practically born in the water so it only makes sense she continues swimming in college. She has committed to swim for Cal State East Bay next fall.

“I went on my recruiting trip and the team just felt like a family to me,” said Roepke “It felt like I was already part of the team. The coach is awesome. He came to watch me swim in San Diego. I wanted to step up what I am doing from USA Swimming to College swimming.”


Washburn to Play Softball at Saint Anselm (N.H.)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lauren Washburn has committed to play softball at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, fulfilling a lifetime dream to play in college.

“It took a lot,” said Washburn of her softball career. “I have been trying to do it (have a chance to play softball in college) since the seventh grade. To finally be able to say, I am going somewhere to play softball is achieving that goal.”


Passantino to Sign with Tennessee Wesleyan for Lacrosse

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Grace Passantino will continue her lacrosse career at Tennessee Wesleyan next fall. She will participate in the St. Francis Signing day Celebration on April 12.

“I plan to attend Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens, Tenn.,” said Passantino. “It started with a recruiting process and visit. I got a sense of the school and the team. It seemed like a great fit because the girls were so accepting and loving.”

Tennessee Wesleyan is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference and competes in the NAIA.


St. Francis Senior Reginato to Sign with San Diego State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Grace Reginato started a new sport in the eighth grade. Five years later it part of her daily life and she will sign this week with the San Diego State Aztec Rowing program.

“When I was in the eighth grade, I thought I would do it for high school,” said Reginato of her crew career. “I did not decide until last year I wanted to do it in college. Being a student-athlete sounds so hard but now I could not imagine my life without it. It is the main reason for my day and I look forward to going to practice.”


Basketball’s Craig to Sign to Play at Pepperdine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lauren Craig has committed to play basketball at Pepperdine University next fall on a full scholarship.

“I am so excited,” said Craig. “It is a dream come true. I love the school and the program. It is great.”