TEMPLETON — On Tuesday afternoon at Ninos Grill in Templeton the Eagles sent away two more athletes to college in Colby Grey and Marlee Aimone who will be attending the University of Santa Cruz and the University of Oregon, respectively. Friends, family and coaches attended the ceremony as each player had a brief moment to thank those in attendance before getting down to business and signing their name on the dotted line.
Grey is one of the most accomplished athletes to come out of Templeton and has been one of the best tennis players in the county since his freshman season. Grey has nearly untouchable stats and while he dominated in a sport that is mostly individual in nature you will never find an athlete more humble or with a bigger smile on their face.
“I think Colby is beloved not only by his own teammates but by the kids on all the other league teams as well,” Templeton head tennis coach Mary K. Housinger. “He is always encouraging no matter what level of play his opponents are playing or how badly he beats them. He is a great competitor and a superhuman being and just a wonderful young man.”
Grey has been the Eagles No. 1 varsity player since his first day of freshman year which he says is when he had one of his top tennis memories.
“Just comparing it to now, being so nervous meeting the team and not knowing the layout,” Grey said. “We started with 12 guys my freshman year and this year we had 30 and last year we had 38. I just love getting people to go out, try out, just play the game and have fun.”
For the first three seasons that Grey played tennis for the Eagles, he went undefeated in the Los Padres League. That is a perfect 42-0 through his first three years and he also qualified for CIF and as an individual. In his senior season, Grey lost the first two league matches of his career as the Eagles moved up into the Mountain League but it was not the opponents who beat him but rather his body. Grey suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to pull out of his first loss and forfeit his other putting his overall record at an unimaginable 48-2. The injury cut Grey’s season short but he has already begun rehab on his torn labrum and hopes to avoid a medical redshirt next season. Even with all that success, his fondest memory is still team driven.
“CIF my sophomore year,” Grey said. “I think was my favorite moment because we made it to the third round and we clinched a very close match with an LA school. That was just a time when the team chemistry was amazing where we were all kind of cheering for our teammates, that one I will never forget.”
Grey was choosing between Santa Cruz and Sacramento State and decided on the former because academically it was more prestigious as he will be pursuing a career in political science.
Aimone made up the second half of the signing duo on Tuesday as she signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Oregon and participate on the tumbling and acrobatics team. Aimone is an experienced gymnast who joined the Eagles cheer teams her sophomore year and worked her way to captain by her senior campaign.
“I am a retired gymnast from performance athletics,” Aimone said Tuesday. “I did competitive gymnastics for six years. I have kind of continued my tumbling on my own and with my coach down at Central Coast gymnastics.”
Like most high school seniors, Aimone had no idea where she wanted to go to college but says that Oregon felt right, “I choose Oregon just because I thought it was the place for me to succeed and when I went and visited it just felt right to me,” she said. “But I applied to 15 schools because I had no idea where I wanted to go.”
Aimone also made the Northern Arizona cheer team but would rather be a Duck than a Lumberjack. Once at the U of O, the former Templeton cheer captain will be majoring in human physiology.