It was a special day for thousands of high school athletes around the nation as they signed their national letter of intent on Wednesday to continue their playing careers in college next season.
Palo Alto High had its own share of recruited athletes sign, as well, during a ceremony likely duplicated around the country.
Six featured athletes, joined by their family and coach, signed up with the college of their choice -- Davante Adams with Fresno State football, Kevin Anderson with Stanford football, TJ Braff with Santa Clara baseball, Alex Kershner with Duke women's soccer, Tony Panayides with Colgate soccer and Zach Spain with Presbyterian College lacrosse.
"I am proud of our athletes," said Earl Hansen, Paly's athletic director and football coach. "They represent a small fraction of a larger group of talented scholar-athletes who are going on to play at the collegiate level."
It was perhaps a special day for Adams, Anderson and Braff. All played on Paly's CIF Division state championship football team in the fall. Braff and Adams are currently teammates on the Vikings' first-place basketball team. In the spring, Braff will be playing baseball on a squad hoping to win a Central Coast Section title.
All three athletes could be instrumental to one of the finest overall athletic seasons in school history.
Panayides and Kershner, meanwhile, are close to finishing their prep careers while trying to help their respective squads reach the CCS playoffs. Spain still has his final lacrosse season coming up.
Paly could have 30 student-athletes who will be heading off to college and competing, not all with scholarships. Swimmer Sarah Liang is just one of many athletes heading to the Ivy League (she'll swim at Princeton), which doesn't offer scholarships. Quarterback Christoph Bono is another without a letter of intent. He's expected to walk on at UCLA in the fall.
Other Paly athletes committed to schools are Trina Ohms (Penn volleyball), Megan Coleman (Claremont volleyball), John Richardson (Occidental soccer), Hannah Ohlson (Williams College soccer), Helen Butler (Virginia Tech soccer) and Gracie Cain (Cal Poly-SLO soccer).