Seniors recognized on National Signing Day


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On Nov. 10, National Signing Day, CHS recognized seniors Phoenix Call, Derek Shiffer and Darius Tamaddon, all of whom have committed to universities with sports scholarships. 

Phoenix Call officially committed to UCLA on Aug. 5 for baseball. Call has played for varsity baseball since freshman year and hopes to feel as comfortable at UCLA as he does at CHS. 

“I’ve always had a ball in my hand, and I played every sport you can think of,” said Call. “Little league baseball holds some of my fondest memories, with the most important one being winning the championship with my best friends from elementary school.” 

His favorite part about baseball is the excitement and joy that comes from it, and he looks forward to continuing to improve as a player. 

“In college, I am most looking forward to my individual development as a player and helping my team make it to the college world series in Omaha,” said Call.

Derek Shiffer was signed to Case Western Reserve University to play tennis and officially committed July 15. His tennis career started in second grade and accelerated significantly when he turned fourteen. Shiffer has been a varsity player since freshman year and hopes to continue his academic and athletic journey at Case Western. 

“I am looking forward to being a part of the team that contributes every day and shows hard work,”said Shiffer.

Shiffer’s teammate Darius Tamaddon officially committed to Loyola Marymount University on Sept. 29. Tamaddon chose Loyola Marymount because he liked the idea of being at a school fairly similar to his current environment. 

“I want to be a part of a great community and stay close to home,” said Tamaddon.

 He began his sports career playing soccer at age six, but when he turned thirteen, he switched gears to fully commit to tennis. Tamaddon’s favorite thing about tennis is his ability to control the whole game, from his overall mindset to each shot. Tamaddon has been a varsity starter since freshman year and feels proud to continue to grow at Loyola. 

“I’m looking forward to building a team just as I have over the years in high school,” said Tamaddon. “I can’t wait to meet new people and build new connections.”