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Pitman athletes take next step with signings
Julia Brewer, Ashley Solis, and Kamau Brown smile moments after signing letters of intent to play at the college level. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

Three more students from Pitman High signed letters of intent on Wednesday to play at the college level. Ashley Solis, Julia Brewer, and Kamau “Tiqi” Brown committed to their respective colleges as their parents, coaches, teammates, and friends shared the moment, and in some cases tears, with the soon to be collegiate athletes.

Solis and Brewer helped the Pride earn their first volleyball championship in the fall but with Solis joining the Coyotes of San Bernardino State and Brewer joining the Warriors of California State University, Stanislaus, the two will likely become opponents once their seasons begin.

“I am very proud of them,” Pitman’s head coach Kristen Pontes said.

Brewer played on Pitman’s varsity squad for two years as a setter. As a senior she was named to the 1st team all CCC and was also an all academic student. While it is unclear whether or not she will immediately contribute to the Warrior squad she is expected to be given a shot at the setter position in her first year.

“I’m looking forward to playing at a higher level,” Brewer said.

Solis is also looking forward to the heightened level of play at the college level but some could argue that she played at a different level during her high school career. Solis was a four year varsity starter and served as the Pride’s outside hitter and defensive specialist. As a sophomore she was named to the 2nd team all CCC and was voted Pitman’s best offensive player. She earned 1st team all CCC honors in both her junior and senior year as the Pride’s captain while being recognized as the CCC’s best defensive player as a junior and the CCC MVP as a senior. In addition to her athletic accomplishments Solis was also an all academic student.

“I’m looking forward to being independent and working hard on my own,” Solis said. “I’m going to miss the coaching and the amazing team we had this year. We all had a super close relationship, almost family-like, so that was great.”

Brown started on the Pride’s soccer team for three years after being pulled up as a sophomore. His versatile play and self determination caught the attention of head coach Oscar Mercado. Earlham University saw those same qualities in Brown which prompted the Quakers to offer him a full ride scholarship.

“You can put him anywhere,” Mercado said. “His self motivation is his greatest strength, he’s just driven and passionate about everything he does.”

Brown’s motivation finally paid off in his senior year when he was named to the 1st team all CCC and became an all academic student. His future role at Earlham is currently unknown but Brown expects to fit right in once he arrives in Indiana.

“I want to excel and hopefully do a lot for them as a striker up top,” Brown said. “Hopefully, I can move on to the professional level after that.”