Pirate Athletes to Play in College

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

June 3, 2022

Morro Bay High School’s Dylan Turner, No. 27, dives into the line for one of his three, rushing touchdowns against Loara H.S., during the CIF Div. 7AA Regional Championship Game last December. Turner has signed to play football at Cal Lutheran University next year. Photo by Neil Farrell

The 2021-22 school year at Morro Bay High School has been filled with athletic successes and several Pirates athletes will be playing on in college.

According to a news report, eight MBHS athletes signed letters of intent to play sports in college at mainly smaller schools and mostly staying on the West Coast. However, one will be playing on a national stage at a top-level university in New York.

All State football player, Dylan Turner signed to play football at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Founded in 1959, Cal Lutheran was started by the Evangelical Lutheran Church but is now nonsectarian. 

CLU is in the NCAA Div. III and the Kingsmen play in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). CLU’s enrollment is 4,383 undergrad and graduate students.

Football standout, Christian Merrill will strap on the pads for Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. The Boxers play in the NCAA Div. III and also compete in the SCIAC.

Softball player, Peyton Schemmer will play at Syracuse, University in Syracuse N.Y. A private university founded in 1870 with an over 21,000-student population, the Orange compete in NCAA Div. I, and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Baseball standout, Jackson Howell will play ball for the St. Mary’s University Gaels. They compete in NCAA Div. I, and the West Coast Conference. St. Mary’s U. is a liberal arts college founded in 1863 and is located in Moraga Calif., in the San Francisco Bay Area. It carries a student population of 3,600 spread across some 43 majors.

Morgan Codron will play baseball at the University of Portland in Portland, Ore. Established as “Columbia College” in 1901 and named after the nearby Columbia River, the name was changed to Portland University in 1935. It has some 4,200 students and a reputation as one of the best research institutes and teachers colleges on the West Coast.

The Pilots compete in NCAA Div. I, and the West Coast Conference.

Carson Spahr will play soccer at Cal Poly SLO, becoming a Mustang and staying close to home. Cal Poly has some 20,453 undergraduate students. The Mustangs play in the NCAA Div. I, and the Big West Conference.

State medalist wrestler Wesley Wilson, who won the CIF Central Section   Div. III title at 182 pounds, will grapple on the mats for Cal Poly SLO. The wrestling Mustangs compete in the NCAA Div. I Pac-12 Conference. 

Volleyball standout, Dayton Robinett, will hit the nets for the Azusa Pacific University in Whittier, Calif. The Cougars play in the NCAA Div. II and the Pacific West Conference in men’s volleyball.

Azusa Pacific University, which has some seven, satellite campuses, has some 10,095 students — 5,021 undergraduates and 5,074 graduate and professional level students.

The Estero Bay News congratulates all the MBHS athletes, and wishes these young men and women good luck in college.

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