Menlo School senior Joe Foley is headed to Lehigh University to play basketball, one of many local athletes to officially sign on Wednesday, the beginning of the early signing period.
At a short, unofficial ceremony at Palo Alto High, infielder Max Jung-Goldberg signed to continue his baseball career at the University of San Diego and pitcher Jake Varner signed to continue his baseball career at Azusa Pacific University.
Jung-Goldeberg and Varner were part of Paly's SCVAL championship team last spring.
Senior golfer Ahmed Ali signed to continue his career at UCLA.
Ali helped the Vikings earn a spot in last year's Central Coast Section tournament and he advanced to the NorCals as an individual.
Ali shot a round of 64 at the CCS Region I tournament last spring.
Palo Alto holds a much larger, official celebration in April for all student-athletes who signed, including those who made it official Wednesday but chose not to share the news immediately, wanting to wait to share with the school.
Foley announced his commitment on Twitter: "proud to announce my commitment to play basketball at Lehigh University," he wrote. "I'd like to thank my family, coaches, friends, and the Menlo and Woodbury Forest communities for helping me pursue my passion and fulfill my childhood goal."
Among the St. Francis athletes who signed are Los Altos Hills resident Tyson Dinsmore, heading to SMU for golf, and Menlo Park resident Isabella Mandema, who will play water polo at Indiana.
Harker's Katherine Zhu signed to play golf at California and Pioneer's Sabrina Iqbal will play golf at TCU.
Stanford women's golf signed Calista Reyes from San Diego. The Cardinal has a verbal commitment from current high school sophomore Rachel Heck.