Top Grizzly athletes playing in college


Courtesy of Karen Robman

College-bound athletes include (back row, left to right) David Ferreira, Dom Tuyor, Zachary Robman, Steven Verespey, Cole Trejo, Ben Ragland, Nicolas Bronzini, Dylan Fanelli, Alekai Afoa, Raoul Fabian, Rhandy Weston, Hunter Holmes, Josh Peralta, Matt Hanson, Nikolai Petrov, Marcus Lemmon, (front row, left to right) Hannah Richardson, Skyler Horder, Madison Chavez, Jake Barnes, and Ella Hofer. Not pictured are Jenny Lin, Lucas Macray Madruga, Lucas Marlowe, Mara Lampsas, and Nicky McCune.

There are several Cal High seniors who are continuing their athletic careers next year in college.

All names were provided by the school athletic department.

Nicolas Bronzini

Bronzini is committed to play Division 1 baseball at LSU. The lefty pitcher has been a four year varsity player for the Grizzlies. During his Cal career, Bronzini had a 1.93 ERA with 17 wins and 257 strikeouts.  He earned second team All-EBAL  his junior year and was one of the best pitchers in NorCal. This year, he’s been dominant on the mound once again and earned the 49ers Cal-Hi Sports 2022 Spring Athletes of the year as a pitcher. 

Madison Chavez

Chavez is the top distance runner on the cross country and track teams. She made it all the way to the cross county state championships for the 5,000-meter race her senior year. Chavez is also a great leader for her team as one of the team captains. She will be continuing her track and cross country career at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Raoul Fabian

A star center fielder, Fabian will be taking his talents to play D-1 baseball at Long Beach state next year. Fabian is a four year varsity baseball player and has been a huge part of the massive success Cal has experienced these past few years. Fabian is one of the top players in not only EBAL but all of Nor Cal. 

Last year, he earned first team all-NorCal team, and led EBAL in batting average. He’s a complete five-tool player with elite athleticism and competitiveness. This year, he helped lead Cal to a 21-5 record and a top seed in NCS.

Dylan Fanelli

Fanelli is committed to play Division 3 baseball at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. This is Fanelli’s first year at Cal after attending and playing three years at Dougherty Valley. 

He plays infield and is a hard worker. The dedication and work he puts in behind the scenes is unmatched and is what makes him a college baseball player. 

David Ferreira

Ferreira will be attending Bethany College in Kansas to play Division 3 soccer.

Matt Hanson

Hanson is the star midfielder for the men’s lacrosse team. He has played on varsity all four years and he is going to be continuing his lacrosse career playing Division 1 at University of Utah. 

This year he helped lead the team to three NCS playoff victories as the team reached the championship for the first time in school history.

Ella Hofer

Hofer will be attending UC Davis to compete with the Aggies track and field team as a thrower. She reached the NCS Meet of Champions in the discus this year.

Hunter Holmes

Holmes will be attending University of Utah for lacrosse next season.

Skyler Horder

Horder is one of the top swimmers and captains of Cal’s swim team. She specializes in sprints, including the 50-and 100-meter races. She also competed at NCS in the 200m medley and 200m free relays. 

Horder is going to be continuing her swim career at University of San Diego next year competing at a Division 1 level.

Mara Lampsas

Lampsas is on of Cal’s track and field team’s best athletes. She recently qualified for the CIF State Finals in the high jump. Lampsas doesn’t just compete in one kind of event though as she is going to UC Berkeley to compete as a heptathlete at the Division 1 level.

Marcus Lemmon

Lemmon will be attending San Diego State to play for the Aztecs’ lacrosse team.

Jenny Lin

Lin will be attending New York University for track next year. Lin competes for both the track and cross country teams for Cal. She is a long distance specialist and made it to the cross county state championships this year in the 5,000 meter race.

Macray Madruga

Madruga has been a three sport athlete at Cal all four years, but the sport he has chosen to stick with in college is football. Madruga played tight end, linebacker and kicker for the Grizzlies. He received the honor of making the 2021All-EBAL  team as a linebacker. Madruga will be continuing his football career at the Division 1 level for UC Davis.

Lucas Marlowe

Marlowe is a catcher for Cal’s  baseball team. He’s played baseball at Cal all four years, the last two on varsity. He’s going to be playing Division 3 baseball at Southwestern University in Texas. Teammates say Marlowe is one of the hardest workers and is constantly in the weight room or batting cage. 

Nicky McCune

McCune is the goalie for Cal and is committed to play Division 1 soccer at Cal Poly, SLO. 

McCune was one of, if  not the best, goalie in the league as he earned first team All-EBAL this season after helping lead Cal to a 14-6-5 record. He’s been playing soccer since he was 3 years old and is known to be a top goalie in the state as well. 

Nicolai Petrov

Petrov will be attending Concordia University in Irvine to play lacrosse for the Division 2 school.

Ben Ragland

Ragland has been one of the captains and top player on Cal’s varsity golf team for the past two years. He was the fourth ranked player in league and earned first-team All-EBAL honors. His strong performances throughout the season led Cal to 14-4 record and fourth place finish at NCS. Individually, he qualified for NorCals and placed 15th out of nearly 100 golfers.

Ragland will be continuing his career to play Division 1 golf at Seattle University.

Hannah Richardson

Richardson is a thrower on Cal’s track and field team. She will be attending Azusa Pacific University and will compete at the Division 2 level. She won the discus throw at the track and field NCS Tournament of Champions to qualify for the CIF State Finals.

Zach Robman

Robman is going to be playing Division 3 baseball at Puget Sound University in Washington next year. He’s another four year varsity player. 

Robman plays catcher and is a very polished defensive player. His leadership and high baseball IQ makes him a special player to watch and play with. He’s another part of this talented 2022 group that helped lead Cal to a 20-plus win season and a trip to the NCS semifinals.

Steven Verespey

Verespey is committed to play Division 3 baseball at Willamette University in Oregon. Verespey has played baseball for Cal all four years and this is his third on varsity. He’s a very talented pitcher and is having his best season this year with eight wins, a 0.60 ERA and 40 strikeouts. 

Rhandy Weston

Weston was one of the co-captains of Cal’s varsity girls golf team the past two seasons. This year, Weston had the team’s lowest scoring average and earned  All-EBAL honorable mention this season. 

Weston will be continuing her golf career at the Division 1 level for Delaware State University.

Athletes not mentioned in this story did not respond to email inquiries from The Californian.