FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
May 17, 2016 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204
Six Mustang athletes commit to play college sports
Dwight Ramos scores full-ride scholarship to CSUF
WALNUT, CA--Walnut High School celebrated six athletes who have committed to play college sports during a lunchtime rally with proud coaches, families and friends.
Seniors Dwight Ramos - basketball, Eli Goichenberg - football, Micah Maes – football, Hassan Nasir – football, Quinn Cooper – baseball, and Christian Longoria – baseball, took to the amphitheater stage to mark the milestone moment.
“Most kids can only dream about this opportunity, and you’re going to live it!” said Principal Brandon Dade.
Guard Dwight Ramos is one step closer to realizing his dream of playing professional sports.
The 17-year-old basketball star signed a national letter of intent to play at Cal State University, Fullerton on April 29.
The 6-foot-five-inch player received a prestigious full-ride scholarship to the Division 1 school, where he plans to study business.
“It feels really good,” he said at the signing ceremony. “I worked really hard to get here!”
Dwight’s been a part of varsity basketball team for the past two years, most recently being named an MVP, winning 1st Team All-Hacienda League, and All CIF First Team awards.
The standout Walnut team has made it to the CIF quarterfinals for the past two years.
“Dwight’s probably one of the most talented players to come to Walnut,” said coach Joe Khouzam.
“He put in the work and did whatever we needed him to do this year,” he added.
“I’m sad to see him leave, but happy for him!”
“Dwight’s got the drive. I see him all the time working out and doing the extra beyond practice to improve his skills,” said Athletic Director Jerry Person. “He’s got a three-point shot that won’t quit. You name it, he’s got it!”
Several student athletes received assistance to get on a team and play for a college.
Eli Goichenberg received a financial package to play football at Monmouth College in Illinois in the fall.
“In the time-span of an hour it rained, snowed, was over 80-degrees, and extreme wind,” he said about his visit to the school.
“It was wild! I’m going to wear a tank top under a shirt, under a jacket, under a North Face jacket!”
Micah Maes committed to play football at Sewanee University in Tennessee, receiving a financial package arranged through the athletic department.
Hassan Nasir will also play football at nearby Pitzer College in Pomona, receiving a financial package arranged through the athletic department.
Baseball players Quinn Cooper, outfield/DH, is Cal Poly Pomona bound and pitcher Christian Longoria is headed to Azusa Pacific University
“It’s important to know that even though they went to Division III schools, two turned down offers to play, and one a full-ride scholarship, to Division I schools. But, because they’re academically inclined, they made great choices for their future,” said head football coach Alfredo Silva.
Walnut High student athletes, Eli Goichenberg, Hassan Nasir, Dwight Ramos, Micah Maes, Quinn Cooper, and Christian Longoria are moving on to play collegiate sports. Shown with Principal Brandon Dade and Athletic Director Jerry Person.
Basketball guard Dwight Ramos received a coveted full-ride scholarship to Cal State Fullerton.
Basketball guard Dwight Ramos received a coveted full-ride scholarship to Cal State Fullerton. Shown with coach Joe Khouzam.
Walnut High athletes Eli Goichenberg, Dwight Ramos, Hassan Nasir, and Micah Maes received a financial package to attend and compete in their respective sports in college.
Congratulations to Walnut High athletes Eli Goichenberg, Hassan Nasir, Dwight Ramos, Micah Maes, Quinn Cooper, and Christian Longoria who are moving on to play collegiate sports.