It is the goal of many; the reality for very few.

Getting a scholarship to a four-year university is one of the most coveted prizes of a high school athlete and several from the Ahwatukee Foothills area recently signed letters of intent in the early signing period.

Desert Vista swimmers Katie Olsen and Lauren Torres and Mountain Pointe baseball player Kevin Cron, basketball players Jerome Garrison, golfer Michael Anderson and gymnast Jamie Armijo signed with four-year universities to continue their athletic careers.

Ahwatukee resident and Valley Christian senior Ali Cheatham signed on with Baylor for cheerleading.

Olsen signed with Stanford and Torres with Vanderbilt fresh off helping the Thunder to a fourth place finish at the Division I state swimming meet last weekend.

They were on the 200-yard medley relay team that took first place, while Torres finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and Olsen finished second in the 200-yard IM and defended her title in the 100-yard backstroke.

Cron is signing with Texas Christian University after hitting .496 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs as a catcher and first baseman last season. He also went 6-3 with two saves with an ERA of 3.76 in 70 2/3 innings.

Garrison signed with Grand Canyon University after averaging 7.4 points, 3.0 points, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game. Garrison helped lead Arizona Premier to a runner-up finish at the Mullen's High Profile team tournament in Tulsa, Okla., and then over the weekend he was named MVP of the Gold Tournament at the Adidas 64 tournament in Las Vegas as Arizona Premier came away as the champion.

"He brought his game to a new level," Arizona Premier coach Dewey Pannell said at the time. "A lot of players have a good summer before their senior year. I think he is setting up for a huge senior year. Jerome has the confidence and drive to really break out."

Armijo is a Level 10 gymnast, who signed with Southern Utah University.

Anderson helped the Pride to several tournament wins and led the team with a scoring average of 34.9 per nine holes.

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Giving scholarship to the athletes will certainly boost up their confidence and ultimately it will benefit sports.
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