Heritage High Celebrates a Banner Day With Athlete Signings

Joined by their families, six Heritage High athletes were recognized Wednesday for receiving athleti...

Joined by their families, six Heritage High athletes were recognized Wednesday for receiving athletic scholarships. From left: Briana Contreras, Brittany Rayls, Jamal Morrow, Darius Allensworth, Marvin Hifo, Julio Calix.
When it comes to high school athletics, Heritage High School has made its mark in a relatively short time.

Hundreds of students, parents, friends and media packed the campus theater Wednesday morning to witness the school's first major scholarship signings by student-athletes in Heritage's six-year history. The group included the first two Heritage High football standouts to sign with Pacific-12 Conference schools.

Running back Jamal Morrow, who rushed for 2,092 yards and 16 touchdowns last fall, signed a national letter of intent to attend Washington State on a full-ride scholarship. Cornerback Darius Allensworth signed with Cal.

Marvin Hifo, a wide receiver and linebacker, signed a letter of intent with Western New Mexico. Also attending the ceremony was lineman Julio Calix, who has orally committed to Western New Mexico but will wait until after taking a trip there to sign his letter.

Athletic Director David Drake introduced the athletes.
These four were joined under the bright lights on the theater stage by softball standouts Brittany Rayls, who will attend York College in Nebraska, and Briana Contreras, who will sign her letter of intent with North Carolina Central this spring.

"This is the biggest signing we've ever had," said athletic director David Drake, who introduced the players individually as they entered from behind a curtain to the cheers of the crowd. "This means we're on the map. People now know we have quality student-athletes. "

The first football signing in Heritage's short history came two years ago, when All-CIF player Donovan Adams signed with Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. After playing one season there, Adams died in an auto accident in Menifee last June. Patriots athletes announced Wednesday they were dedicating this celebration to his memory.

Kraig Broach, who coached the Patriots to the CIF finals two years ago and to the semifinals last season, acknowledged the significance of the signings.

"I don't know what it does for the school's reputation, but to have two guys going to Washington State and Cal ... that's big news and exciting for them," he said. "They're great kids and I'm very proud of them.