Twin brothers Michael and Matthew Bautista had a sort of silent understanding for awhile that they would go to college together.

They made that understanding official Thursday.

The Bautistas were two of 13 Arroyo Grande athletes who took part in a mass National Letter of Intent signing at Arroyo Grande's James Gymnasium. The brothers will play soccer at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"We never really talked about going to college together," said Michael Bautista.

"It was just sort of an unspoken agreement," Matthew Bautista said.

All of the Arroyo Grande signees are seniors.

Rosa Granados will run cross country and track at Humboldt State. Talley Hill will do the same at the University of Kansas, and Christian Ricketts will run cross country and track at Southern Utah. Clare Newlander will play sand volleyball at Long Beach State, and Logan Nunes will play softball for Oregon Tech.

Isabella Solis and Taylor York will play water polo for traditional women's water polo power San Diego State. Cameron Hirahara will play baseball at Costa Mesa-based Vanguard University. Point guard Brynn Thoming will play basketball at Chico State. Briana Sa and Lauryn Schaffer both chose to continue their softball careers at Santa Barbara City College.

Sa has the same opinion of the SBCC campus that a lot of people have. "It's beautiful," she said.

Besides, "I loved the coach, I loved the girls," she said. "I really had a connection with the coach."

The Bautistas were three-year varsity players for Arroyo Grande. Michael was an attacking midfielder. Matthew was a forward.

"I think what sold me on the Air Force Academy was the opportunities it affords in academics and athletics, and their connection with people," said Matthew Bautista.

Michael Bautista said, "I'm not sure I want to fly planes for the rest of my life. I'll just spend some time there and find out."

San Diego State's women's water polo squad was 15-12, including 5-0 in conference play, at press time. Recently, the No. 14 Aztecs edged No. 9 Pacific 8-7 and No. 22 Cal State Bakersfield 6-5.

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York, an attacker, and Solis, a utility player, felt everything clicked when they visited San Diego State.

"With the coach, the players, the school, it just seems like a very good place to go to school down there," said York. She will study sociology and is intent on going to law school after graduation.

"I rally liked the coach-to-athlete relationship, and they treat their athletes really well," said Solis. Solis said she wants to become a speech pathologist, and she said she can pursue an advanced degree in speech pathology at SDSU after she earns her undergraduate degree.

Hill said she is finally healthy again after a year and a half of iron deficiency and shin problems. Hill has run sub-2:20 800 meters races lately.

"I visited Kansas in August and just recently this month," she said. "The head distance coach was the one who talked to me, and I really liked that coach.

"I've lived all my life on the Central Coast. I'm excited for a new experience."


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