21 Vista Murrieta High Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Back row, from left: Tevita Mounga, Kami Amemiya-Shows, Brittany Caserma, Jack Riley, R.J. Robiskie, Brandon Nelson, Ian Nowak, Jamie Nunl...

Back row, from left: Tevita Mounga, Kami Amemiya-Shows, Brittany Caserma, Jack Riley, R.J. Robiskie, Brandon Nelson, Ian Nowak, Jamie Nunley, Colin Baker, Lovie Burleson, CJ Alumbres.
Front row, from left: Cassie Fileccia, Jamie Harlan, Texie Petchel, Allison Wdowiak, Tristan Mueller, Sydney Romero, Megan Holmes, Amanda Pederson-Henry, Ashley Cahalan, Kali Jones.

A group of 21 senior athletes were honored at Vista Murrieta High School today for their commitment to scholarship offers from colleges.

Ten sports were represented in the group of athletes, some of whom had previously signed national letters of intent and some of whom will sign this spring. Five members of Vista's football team were among those who signed today.

Lineman Tevita Mounga (right) signed to accept a scholarship offer from Brigham Young University. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound senior said he chose BYU over Utah, Washington State and Arizona.

"I was super blessed to be able to have more than one option," Mounga said. "What it came down to was the atmosphere and coaching staff at BYU. They're telling me, "Work your butt off and you'll see the field.' That's what I plan to do."

Football coach Coley Candaele said going to BYU was something special for his big lineman.

"BYU for Tevita was a dream," Candaele said. "Being a Mormon kid who grew up with BYU football ... when that opportunity came around and became reality, it really is a dream come true for him."

Tight end Jamie Nunley (left) made it official today by signing his letter of intent with the University of Arizona. He had verbally committed to them almost a year ago and never wavered in his decision.

"Nowadays, kids do so many different things," Candaele said. "They're always changing their mind, decommitting ... Jamie did everything right. He committed a long time ago. He made it clear he wasn't even going to look for a second offer. That just doesn't happen anymore with student athletes."

"They have a great program, nice facilities, it's not too far away," Nunley said. "I knew a long time ago that's where I wanted to go."

Several female athletes have committed to scholarship offers as well. Softball player Sydney Romero will attend Oklahoma. Gymast Kami Amemiya-Shows will compete for Nebraska. Golfer Texie Petchel will attend UNLV.

In addition, track and field athlete CJ Alumbres will attend UCLA.

Candaele, who introduced the honorees in all sports, said the large group of signees is just another indication of the talent level at Vista Murrieta.

"There are high expectations here," he said. "Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame. How do you get it at Vista Murrieta? You'd better work really hard academically and athletically, because there's so much competition."

The complete list of athletes who have committed to scholarship offers:


A large crowd of parents and students showed up to support those signing letters today.

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