Righetti High School seniors Jaden LyBurtus, Sarah Fouratt, Ethan Ashbrook and Sicili Brittingham all had something in common when they nailed down their choice of a university.
They all talked to other schools, but they all simply felt that the school they ultimately chose was the best fit for them.
All four signed athletic National Letters of Intent at a signing ceremony in the Righetti cafeteria Thursday night. The ceremony was well-attended, with parents of all four, plus many well-wishers for all of them, on hand.
LyBurtus will play baseball at Sacramento State — or he might not. There is the possibility that a Major League Baseball team will draft him.
"It all depends," not only on whether or not he is drafted but in what round, whether or not he will ultimately go to Sacramento State, LyBurtus said.
"I want to get an education, it's a goal my family has for me, and a baseball career would be nice," LyBurtus said.
Fouratt and Ashbrook will both play golf at the next level, Fouratt for the women's team at Seton Hall and Ashbrook for the men's team at St. Mary's. Brittingham will play softball for Biola.
Sacramento State, St. Mary's and Seton Hall compete at the NCAA Division I level. Biola received provisional Division II status in 2016.
Veteran Righetti coach Brian Tomooka has coached two of the signees, Fouratt as the Warriors' girls golf coach and LyBurtus as the Righetti baseball team's coach.
He said to the assembled crowd that Fouratt and LyBurtus had the personality, the talent and the work ethic to succeed at the four-year collegiate level.
Tomooka said of Fouratt, "She had the highest grade-point average on the golf team, a 4.2, and we had great GPAs on that team. She was the PAC 8 League MVP for four years. I don't know what more you could ask of an athlete."
All four signees said their respective scholarships will cover at least a good part of their respective tuitions. Here is a summary of all four.
The center fielder has been an All-PAC 8 League selection each of his first three years in high school.
He helped Righetti to the PAC 8 League championship and a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 title game last season. Righetti's lead-off man hit .356 with six doubles and four home runs, and he covered a lot of ground in center for a team that went 28-7.
LyBurtus said he talked to Santa Clara as well as Sacramento State but, "I loved the coaches at Sacramento State, I loved the feel of the place."
If he does wind up at Sacramento State, LyBurtus said he will likely major in kinesiology there.
The four-time PAC 8 League MVP, who led the Warriors to the league championship her freshman year, has decided she will go to college on the East Coast.
"I talked to other schools, but (Seton Hall) just felt right," when she visited the campus in East Orange, New Jersey, Fouratt said.
"I visited the school in January and it was cold, but I've been to the East Coast before."
She said she will likely major in sports management at the private Roman Catholic university but, "I'm not sure."
Fouratt said, "I have no idea whether or not I'll be able to work into the (women's golf team's) rotation right away. I"m just going to go there, try to get settled and see what happens."
Ashbrook was consistent enough last year to qualify for the CIF/SCGA So Cal Regional Tournament.
"I really like the coach there, Scott Hardy," Ashbrook said of his decision to go with St. Mary's, a private school in Moraga. "Plus, I liked the religious aspect of it."
Ashbrook said Hardy "told me I'd have a good chance to play right away."
The Righetti senior said he plans to major in "Something to do with business finance or accounting."
A power hitter and a reliable inflielder for a Righetti program that is a regular in the playoffs, Brittingham has had her eye on Biola for awhile.
She visited the private, La Mirada-based Evangelical university as a high school freshman. She verbally committed to the school as a sophomore and she made an official visit there last week.
"I had other schools talk to me, but Biola felt like the right fit," she said.
The versatile Brittingham has played first base, third base and shortstop for Righetti.
"Every girl has to earn her spot," Brittingham said when she was asked what her prospects were of immediately getting into the playing rotation were.
"How much you get to play depends on how well you do," in workouts.
Brittingham said she will likely major in speech pathology at Biola but, "I'm still not sure."