|KK making it official|
I got amazing pictures sent to me and was so proud! Even my parents were representing. At the time it was not a secret where KK would be going for college but it was a great time to celebrate that the decision had been made. I was happy to hear that there was about 100 students, the entire football team, multiple teachers she has had over the years, the football coaches and her water polo coaches, and her club coaches all in attendance to watch her sign. They had all made a huge effort to be there for her in such a major moment in her life. And to celebrate the accomplishment!
Way to go KK. I am becoming a Lion Fan!
Here is the article that ran in the local paper along with some pictures!
Redlands East Valley's Vessey taking her act to Loyola Marymount
REDLANDS - Redlands East Valley's High School's Mikayla Vessey is a throwback star.
In the vein of the all-singing, all-dancing Broadway chorus girls of the late 1920s, Vessey does a little bit of everything, and always puts on a captivating show.
|Proud parents (guess they here also becoming Lion fans)|
Only her stages are the pool and the track.
She's both strong and fast. She runs like lightning and is even faster when she competes for the REV swim team.
But if there's one sport the 5-foot-1 phenom excels at, it's water polo.
And now Vessey, a senior standout for the Wildcats' girls squad, can officially say she's ready to take her act to the next level - and concentrate on only one sport.
Vessey just put pen to paper at REV on Tuesday, singing her National Letter of Intent to play collegiate polo just down the road at Los Angeles' Loyola Marymount University.
According to her high school coach, Troy Delmonico, the Lions will be getting a someone who has proven to be the model teammate.
"She's the heart and soul of this team. It's always nice to have a tireless worker," Delmonico said. "The thing that stands out about her is how hard she works. Every day. She's the first one in and the last one out. She's everything you could ask for."
Appropriately, the four-year varsity player suits up at utility.
What other position would befit a girl who does everything well?
And, as is also appropriate for someone characterized by variety, she took all kinds of factors into consideration when choosing where she'd end up.
The size of the school, its location, the strength of the squad, the caliber of its coaching staff, its religious denomination - they all came into play.
"It's close to home, it's a Catholic school, it's a smaller school, it has a beautiful campus," Vessey said. "It was just the setting I wanted. It was the right fit."
In the end, her decision came down to Loyola Marymount and Indiana.
|KK with her club & HS coaches|
Her mother, Ann, said that Mikayla was calling the shots, but she had to admit that she was relieved her daughter would be staying in the area.
"I'm happy. It's always nice to be able to get to all her games," Ann said. "I'm glad she's going to be here."
She will join two other new All-CIF recruits - Kiana Etrata (Villa Park) and Eleanor Lee (Foothill) - on coach Kyle Witt's Lions squad.
But first, Vessey has some unfinished business to attend to - as in a CIF-Southern Section title.
It's possible, if not probable, that REV could win a championship this season, after advancing to the Division 5 semifinals the last two seasons, and returning both Vessey and junior Alexis Hollinrake - a goalkeeper ranked as one of the best in her age group in America - along with a handful of other strong players.
Vessey isn't ready to make any predictions, however.
She's thankful for the girls she has around her, and wants to enjoy the time she has left with the program.
"I have a great team. Everybody has been supporting me," Vessey said. "I'm just hoping for the best. We'll do the best we can."
|REV Football coaches|
|KK with the football Team|