Last school year, the Calallen High School Athletic Department had a successful season, signing four student-athletes to college. Baseball players Ryan Duke, Sean Hoelscher and Steven Vidaurri were all signed to NCAA Division I schools - Duke at Oklahoma, Hoelscher to TCU and Vidaurri at Texas State - and volleyball player Sandy Heim signed with NCAA Division III McMurry College.

In addition to those four, recent Calallen graduate Kristian Bueno was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft in June.

The Athletic Department is off to a solid start for the 2007-08 school year as volleyball players Courtney Oertli and Kelsey Schwirtlich, as well as baseball player Logan Verrett, signed their letters of intent for college Nov. 14.

"Being a student athlete in Calallen is tough," said Calallen Athletic Director Phil Danaher. "These kids are not only good athletes, but they are good students."

As the three students sat in their seats preparing to sign their letters, each of them was overwhelmed by the turnout of the event.

"I am so thrilled by this signing," Schwirtlich said. "I have been waiting for this day since I committed."

Schwirtlich will be attending the University of Texas-San Antonio next fall and she is looking forward to starting her collegiate life.

She does admit, however, that she will miss being around head volleyball coach Lupe Cardona, whom she calls her second mother, and her best friend Oertli, who signed to play for another Wildcat team at Villanova.

"I'm going to miss [Courtney] so much, and it is going to be so different to be playing with a different setter," Schwirtlich said. "As for Coach Cardona, she is like my second mom, and I'm going miss her too."

Last year, Schwirtlich was named District 31-4A's Most Valuable Player. She plans on becoming a nurse and then attending medical school to become a surgeon.

Oertli is heading north, but not in Texas. She will be attending Villanova University in Philadelphia next fall.

One of Calallen's top setters was a member of the Lady Cats for all four years.

"I was a little bit anxious at first," Oertli said. "I went up there twice this summer and I loved the players, loved the coaches and everything about [Villanova]."

Oertli is equally going to miss her friend Schwirtlich as they head their separate ways next fall.

"It's going to be hard, since we're together all the time," Oertli said. "Obviously we're both excited for each other, and we'll be calling each other every day."

Oertli plans to study pre-med when she attends her new school next fall.

For Cardona, the thought of having two players from her team signing to Division I schools excites her.

"These two young ladies have been a coach's dream," Cardona said. "They work hard, and I don't have to tell them to."

Verrett had several schools to choose from before settling on becoming a Baylor Bear next fall.

Kansas State, Dallas Baptist, TCU, Louisiana-Lafayette and New Mexico State were just a few of the schools that had their eye on Verrett.

"It was a matter of who he was going to play for," said Calallen head baseball coach Steve Chapman said. "He has a great arm and he is a tremendous hard worker."

Verrett was relieved to know that he no longer has to impress any scouts, giving him an opportunity to focus on the upcoming season.

"I think it takes the pressure off getting signed," Verrett said. "It's now about doing well for this team and winning games."

Verrett is considering majoring in business, but he is keeping his options open in the event that baseball is his future.

He hopes that he can continue on and play for the pros one day.