Fall semester signing day on the Suncoast

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SARASOTA - Wednesday was the fall semester college signing day for student athletes. Here’s a look at who was signing around the Suncoast.

Booker High School was the scene for the opening of this semester's college letter-of-intent signing day. Two swimmers signed on to swim at the next level: Grace Dimeo will hit the pool for North Dakota, while Bethany Leap will hook her horns to the University of Texas.

"The team aspect; I really fit in there well. The team, the coaches are great and it is a great academic school, along with a good swimming school," said Leap.

"I really wanted to get out of Florida and experience the weather. I looked to the northwest and got a great Division-I program. I really liked their coach, so I am excited to help them to the next level," said Dimeo.

Riverview had a host of athletes signing for college, led by their newly crowned state champion Kadi Pallastrone, who will play golf for Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Riverview’s ultra-successful swim team has four swimmers moving to the next level, while Carly Scarbrough will play volleyball at Cal State-Fresno, and Emily Goff will crew at Clemson.

Two members of the three-peat state champion boys golf team at Lakewood Ranch will golf in Division-I. Danny Walker is going to play golf for the University of Virginia, while his teammate of four years, Ramsey Touchberry will play for the Florida Gators.

"It’s nice to finally be able to make it official after two and a half years of being verbally committed. Its nice to be able to put it in writing," said Touchberry.

"I went up there and just really loved the school, the facilities. I like the coach. I just really feel it is a good balance of a good golf team, a good program, and good academics," said Walker.

Bayshore is sending softball player Kristin Staley off to Flagler.

Baseball was the name of the game at Sarasota High. Drew Beyer is headed to Florida Institute of Technology, Joe Cavallero is headed to University of South Florida, Brandon Chapman is headed to George Washington, Zach McMullen is headed to University of South Alabama, Tyler Leonard is headed to Indian River State College, and Evan Mendoza is headed to North Carolina State.

"Engineering program was probably the biggest of all. Aerospace engineering is my intended major, and that is the main reason," said Mendoza.

“It was awesome. It’s really a good accomplishment for all of us, but we still have work to do here. We still have the season in front of us," said Beyer.