Four Adams City High School athletes signed college letter of intent late last month in a ceremony that also included a recap of pandemic-inspired life in the world of Eagles’ athletics.
The four were Paige Beiringer (softball, Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska), Gerardo Caldera (football, Waldorf University, Forest City, Iowa), and Yoseline Hernandez and Yasmin Rojas Rivera (soccer, Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, Nebraska).
Speeches and recaps
Each athlete delivered a thank-you speech.
“My father has been my No. 1 supporter,” Beiringer said. “I don’t think he missed very many games. I want to thank my mom. She took me to practices, and she was always there for me. My coaches? You’ve helped me a lot to become a better player.”
Athletic director Jacob Katz said the softball season almost didn’t happen.
“The softball team had it season canceled,” he said. “Two days later, we decided we’d play. It’s a further illustration of what the coaches and the athletes had to go through. It was chaotic. It was frustrating. But I think we can all agree it was worth it.”
Caldera was next on the dais.
“My family supported since I was a little kid,” Caldera said. “My teammates picked me up when I was down. We had a season when we didn’t think we were going to have a season.”
Katz said the Eagles football team, which played this spring, was supposed to play Northglenn. The game was moved to Commerce City because of snow, then eventually called off that week.
“We had to play Boulder in Boulder during a snowstorm, all of this during the spring” Katz said. “Gerardo went from wrestling to football to baseball to baseball in overlapping season. That’s a testimony to him.
Hernandez was next, and she thanked her mom.
“I want to thank my coaches. You pushed me to do better,” she said. “I’m super thankful I have the opportunity to play college ball.”
Rivera followed suit.
“I want to thank my family and my coaches,” Rivera said. “The coaches made me realize I can do things if I put my mind to it.”
Katz said a recent conversation between Hernandez and Rivera prompted the school’s principal, Paul Sandos, to cry. Katz also noted, “It’s not exactly hard to make him cry.”
“They were talking in English and in Spanish about which college they wanted to go to. The principal and I happened to overhear it,” Katz said. “The principal said it made him so happy to hear kids talking about attending college in so many languages.”
Katz left the four signees with some parting words.
And one request.
“I was blessed to have the opportunity to play a sport in college,” he said. “My request of you is that in your first team meeting, you wear a piece of Adams City clothing. You will always be Eagles. You will always have a home here. I have all the faith in the world you will represent us well in the next few years and beyond.”
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