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THE NEXT LEVEL

Sierra standout continuing athletic career at S.F. State

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THE NEXT LEVEL

From Left- Sierra High Athletic Director Greg Leland, Sierra coach Jose Montes, coach Ernesto Farias and David Reyes Sr., huddle around Sierra senior David Reyes junior as he signs his letter of in...

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED February 9, 2010 2:17 a.m.
Going to college has been a part of David Reyes’ plans for as long as he can remember and those plans are almost developed as Reyes signed his letter of intent to play soccer for the San Francisco State Gators Monday in front of close family and friends in the Sierra High Library.

Reyes inked his commitment as his immediate family stood nearby; solidifying a quest that Reyes feels has been a part of his life mission from day one.

“Ever since I was in elementary, college has been instilled in me by my family,” Reyes said. “It was a goal that every one of us had to strive towards. I think college was already destined to be a part of my life.

“Getting into school with soccer and my academics is just a blessing.”

Reyes will compete at the NCAA Division II level in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, joining a Gator program that closed out the 2009 season with a 6-10-4 record and a 3-9-4 record in CCAA play.

Several institutions acquired about Reyes’ services, but the graduating Timberwolf knew exactly where he needed to be. Reyes, who will be majoring in Business Administrations and International Relations feels, San Francisco State offers all that he will need.

“I had about four schools out of state that were really interested in me,” Reyes said. “They were offering a lot of assistance, but I think San Francisco was always my choice because it was so close to home and it is such a powerful city.

“It is greatly diversified and with me majoring in business, it is the place where I need to get started.”

Sierra’s soccer program is in the midst of a dramatic turnaround, finishing with its best Valley Oak League record since the 06-07 season. Reyes, a Bulletin All-Area midfielder, was a key component in Sierra’s change of direction, making his transition into the collegiate a reward for the Sierra program as a whole.

“He developed in our program beginning back with the JV squad,” Sierra coach Jose Montes said. “We had issues for a brief moment, but this season, he turned out to be the player I expected of him. He has always been a hard worker.

“When you get to the next level, if you have the skill and the hard work that is what separates great players from the rest.”

Reyes, who is toting a lofty 3.4 grade point average, will have an opportunity to help a Gators program that is coming off of a last-place finish in the north division of CCAA standings, lifting his own expectations of impacting to elevated heights.

“I plan on being a big part of their 11-man squad,” Reyes said. “I think I will be a starting freshman. Obviously it will be tough, but I feel I have what it takes. I know the coaches believe in me and with my work-ethic if it is not next year it will be the year after.”
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