Concord, Calif. (November 8, 2017) – Carondelet High School is proud to announce that five student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiately, beginning with the 2018-19 academic school year. Golfers Angela Bagasbas and Annika Borrelli selected UC Irvine and San Francisco, respectively, softball pitcher Sofia Earle will play at Saint Mary's, Sarah Finkle will join the Georgia equestrian team, and lacrosse player Lauren Zelnik signed on to play at College University of America.
Angela Bagasbas '18 - Golf
Angela Bagasbas was a four-year letter winner in golf at Carondelet, helping the Cougars to North Coast Section Division I championships in 2015 and 2017. As a sophomore, Angela was the NCS Division I individual champion, shooting a score of even par in the tournament. She also helped Carondelet advance to the CIF NorCal Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and the CIF State Championships in 2015 and 2016. As a junior golf player, she took home medalist honors at the 2016 AJGA Junior Championships in Michigan, and in 2017 she won the California State Fair Championship.
"I chose UC Irvine because I can see myself thriving as a student-athlete and an individual there. When I visited the campus I fell in love. I love all the programs, the coach, the team and the location. It's a perfect fit for me, and I can't wait to be an Anteater."
Annika Borrelli '18 - Golf
Annika Borrelli is also a four-year varsity golf letter winner for the Cougars, and was a key member of the team that won two NCS Division I Championship, competed in three CIF NorCal Golf Championships and two CIF State Golf Championships. She helped Carondelet to a fifth place state finish in 2015 and a fourth place state finish in 2016.
"If you told me six years ago that I would be playing college golf, I thought you would be joking. After six years of time, dedication, practice, tears, love, joy and happiness, here I am with a number of other great athletes, and we're ready for our next journey. I'm so excited to sign with the University of San Francisco. I can't wait to explore my life in college in "The City," with great academics, a great campus and a great team. It's all the things I want out of college, Go Dons."
Sofia Earle '18 - Softball
Sofia Earle is a three-year varsity letter winner and starting pitcher for the Carondelet softball team. She has earned multiple All-East Bay Athletic League honors, including second team honors last season, when she posted a 10-4 record, with a 1.75 earned run average. In 80 innings pitched as a junior, she recorded 118 strikeouts, had six shutouts, and a perfect game. Sofia plays travel ball for the NorCal Firecrackers, where she helped her team finish eighth at the PGF Nationals and fifth at the Triple Crown Nationals this past summer.
"I chose Saint Mary's because it's been like home to me. My mom played softball at Saint Mary's and I'm glad to follow in her footsteps. It's an amazing academic school and the alumni are an amazing group that I look forward to joining. I'm really excited to start my career at Saint Mary's."
Sarah Finkle '18 - Equestrian
Sarah Finkle has been showing horses since she was six years old and is an accomplished equestrian. She's acquired multiple all-around and circle championship finishes at major national equestrian events, and most recently, with her horse Taco, became the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Champion in her division. Sarah is a Level One Champion in Trail and a Reserve Champion in Horsemanship and Hunter Under Saddle. Additionally, she had a third place finish in Hunt-Seat Equitation.
"I'm so excited to sign this letter, it's been a long time coming. I've been riding horses since I was six years old and I wouldn't want to do anything other than finish my career in college. I'm so excited to go to Georgia, it's the perfect fit for me. I knew the second I walked on campus that it would be perfect."
Lauren Zelnik '18 - Lacrosse
When Lauren Zelnik takes the field for the Carondelet lacrosse team in the spring, it will be her fourth season as member of the varsity team. She received the team's Cougar Award and was an All-EBAL League selection as a sophomore. During her junior year, she was awarded the prestigious U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award. In addition to her lacrosse accomplishments, Lauren is also a fourth degree brown belt.
"The Catholic University of America is a perfect fit for me all around. It has challenging academics and a stud lacrosse program, and you can't go wrong with D.C. I knew right from the moment I stepped onto the campus that 'this was my place and this is where I belong.' Playing lacrosse in college has been my dream since sixth grade. I wanted to follow in my sister's footsteps, but now I'm creating my own path and making that dream a reality. Go Cards!"
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