On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, three Hillcrest Christian School Saints announced their official college sports signings and one more is in process for playing in the fall, capping off fantastic senior sports campaigns. As they exit our school and become students at different colleges across the country, keep these Hillcrest Saints in your prayers.
Kirsten Mueller: Volleyball
Outside hitter, Kirsten Mueller will take her volleyball skills out of the Conejo Valley and to Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon in the fall of 2017. After a successful four-year varsity career for the Saints and the Ventura County Volleyball Club, Kirsten cites winning the 2016 CIF Volleyball Championship as her favorite memory in high school. She currently holds a 3.7 GPA and sees God as the source of her success. “God gets you where you are, and you can’t get there on your own.”
Tony Sahatjian: Baseball
Tony Sahatjian will be attending Bethany Lutheran College in Minnesota to play baseball. He has attended Hillcrest Christian the past two years and has enjoyed his time at Hillcrest Christian saying, “I like that people get along here and stick by each other.” He plans to major in sports management.
Troy Brown: Football
Multi-sport student-athlete Troy Brown will be attending Adrian College in Michigan to play football and major in computer and information science. Over the past three years, Troy has played football and baseball and has run for the track team. Troy’s journey to HCS is a fascinating one. Troy was supposed to move to China before the start of his freshman year, but after that venture didn’t evolve, his mother looked into Hillcrest Christian School where Troy found a “brotherhood on the football field” he knew he couldn’t find anywhere else.
Leigha Kunkle: Soccer
Lastly, Leigha Kunkle will take her soccer skills to California Lutheran University this upcoming fall. Leigha has been instrumental in the success of HCS female sports during her time here. Attending Hillcrest since kindergarten, she has participated in cross country, track and field, and volleyball. Currently, she plays club soccer for L.A. Premier. Leigha was accepted by many different colleges, including Cornell, but decided to stay local in the Conejo Valley to study nutrition. She hopes to pursue a career as a dietician. Additionally, Leigha says, “HCS sports have prepared me for college.” She has a 4.2 GPA and is Hillcrest’s nominee for Ventura Star Scholar.