Local prep standouts make their college decisions official


It was a busy week for high school seniors around the nation as the top athletes made early commitments to their respective future colleges.

Locally, a handful of those athletes committed to their future teams, as well.

Two Menlo School student-athletes who have led their respective teams to CCS championship games during their high school careers, will continue their studies and athletics at the same college. Two-time league MVP Nick Bisconti (water polo) and three-time all-league selection Gunther Matta (tennis) are set  to play for Cal.  

Bisconti is a two-time PAL Bay Division MVP and All-Central Coast Section selection. He led Menlo to a league title in 2013. This year, Bisconti is steering the Knights into the CCS Division II playoffs. Over the summer, Bisconti was the only high school player selected to train and compete with the U.S. Senior National Team.

Matta will be entering his fourth varsity season of tennis. He has been named to the All-West Bay Athletic League team every season. He helped Menlo's perpetually powerful team to CCS championships all three years, and will be looking for a fourth this spring. Matta was instrumental in the Knights' third consecutive California Classic title last year.  

Elsewhere this week:

Devin Joos, captain of the Menlo-Atherton volleyball team, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for UC Santa Barbara during Wednesday's National Signing Day. She'll lead the top-seeded Bears (25-3) against visiting Gunn on Saturday in a CCS Division I quarterfinal at 7 p.m.

Three Castilleja seniors -- Lou Biffar (Cal, lacrosse), Heidi Katter (Yale, swimming) and Paige Vermeer (Yale, basketball) -- committed to play their sport of choice in college during a school ceremony on Wednesday.

"We are so proud and excited that these outstanding student-athletes will continue to play their sports at the collegiate level," said Castilleja Director of Athletics Mary Jo Pruitt.

Biffar has been playing lacrosse for the past ten years, both at Castilleja and on club teams. Her career highlights include winning a recent club team championship at a tournament that included the best West Coast club teams.

Katter is a competitive swimmer who has been a part of a USA Swimming club since she was seven. As a varsity athlete, Heidi has been a CCS champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, a two-time All-WBAL first-team member, a six-time high school All-American, and holds multiple school records. Outside of Castilleja, Heidi holds numerous national age group relay records and is a Scholastic All-American.

Vermeer comes from a basketball family and has been playing the sport since she could walk. She has been recognized with numerous awards during her high school career including: second team all-league (2012, 2013), WBAL MVP (2014), and Positive Coaching Alliance Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship finalist (2014).

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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