Four students from Glendora High School got their moment in the spotlight last Wednesday as they signed their National Letters of Intent to their universities of choice.
The scholarship signing Nov. 12 for Glendora students included gymnast Isabella Tsark (Seattle Pacific University), and baseball players Ryan Beyer (University of the Pacific), Austin Isenhart (University of New Mexico) and Nick Kaye (Cal State Fullerton).
Carly Dockendorf, assistant coach at Seattle Pacific, was impressed with Tsark’s competition and training videos posted on YouTube and reached out to the 17-year-old and fell in love with Seattle Pacific after an official visit to the campus.
“I know that I will receive so much support from the coaches and my future SPU teammates which will be so important for me to be successful in the gym and the classroom,” Tsark said. “While it is bittersweet leaving my team, I am very excited to take the next step.”
Brian Beyer, father of water polo player and left-handed pitcher Ryan Beyer, said the national signing day felt surreal for the family.
“We never guessed in a million years that Ryan would develop into something like this. We’re still in shock about the whole thing,” Brian said. “We’re extremely proud of him. He’s a hard worker.”
Beyer visited the campuses of UCLA, USC, Cal Berkeley and Stanford, among others, before settling on University of the Pacific.
Ryan loves the East Coast feel of University of the Pacific and admires the baseball program there.
“I love the tools that they have for pitchers to get better and they have a really solid work ethic. Their team is almost like family,” Ryan said.
“For me it was a weight off my shoulders. It was proud moment for me and my family,” Isenhart said. “It was a lot of blood, sweat and tears went in to it.”
Staying humble is an important aspect to being an athlete for Isenhart.
“Baseball is one of the most humbling sports there is. You can have a great day one day and go out and have a bad one the next. You just have to keep your head down, keep working and ultimately things will work out for you,” Isenhart said.
Photos courtesy of Rod Tilton