As of Wednesday, June 8, 2016
SUNNYSIDE Three Grizzly athletes signed letters of intent yesterday to continue playing sports at the collegiate level.
Daisy Chavez, signed to Grays Harbor College to be on the women’s wrestling team.
The team is a new addition to the athletic department’s lineup of programs with the 2016-17 season being its first.
Chavez brings plenty of experience to the table, having made it to state all four years in high school.
Her freshman year she wrestled at 118 lb. going 1-2 in 2013.
For her sophomore year, Chavez remained in the same weight class and went 0-2 at state in 2014.
Her junior year, she earned her first medal at the state level. Chavez went 4-2 throughout the tournament for a fifth-place finish.
At the most recent Mat Classic, she fought back from an early loss to earn her second consecutive fifth-place medal, going 4-2.
Overall, Chavez had a 9-8 record at the state tournament and earned numerous accolades during her tenure as a Grizzly.
She also received first-team all-league honors her senior year for the 125 lb. weight class.
“One of the reasons she chose Grays Harbor is Head Coach Andy Cook,” Grizzly girls wrestling coach Casi Sambrano said. “He’s coached Daisy in some tournaments. She has potential to succeed at the next level.”
Joel Flores, another recent signee, will be playing soccer for Wenatchee College next season.
Flores, a soccer standout for the Grizzlies, had a successful final season, racking up eight goals for the year.
That included five goals in the final three games of the season to help Sunnyside secure the league title.
His merits didn’t go unrecognized as he made the Big-9 All-Conference honorable mention list.
Flores also was part of the Sunnyside soccer team that earned third place honors at the 3A state tournament in 2014.
Josue Galvan, another star athlete for the Grizzlies signed on to Everett College to play football.
Galvan, an offensive lineman was one of the leading players on the line for the Grizzlies throughout his playing career.
He was part of the team that held opponents to 200 fewer points in 2015 compared to 2014.
Galvan also received several honors for his time on the field. They include being named to the Big-9 honorable mention list as an offensive linemen his junior and senior
The three athletes join fellow classmates, Jeniya Guillen (women’s wrestling), Maloree Kupp (volleyball) and Irene Milanez (soccer) to continue playing sports at the collegiate level.