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Buhach Colony High Trey Paster

Signs Football Scholarship with Cal  Bears

Photo Credit: Felicia Roberts

Trey Paster, future California Berkeley with his parents Jeremiah and Marci Mejia-Paster before

announcing his commitment to University of California, Berkeley.

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Buhach Colony High School football standout Trey Paster from Atwater choose Cal Berkeley over Oregon, Washington, UCLA and Utah. Trey announced his commitment that he will play at Cal Berkeley starting in 2020, before family, teammates, coaches and friends at the Atwater Community Center on July 14, 2019.


A three-star recruit who attends Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, Paster chose Cal over his four other finalists – Oregon, Washington, Utah and UCLA.


He is ranked as the 712th-best recruit in the nation in the 2020 class by 247Sports, and is rated the 52nd-best athlete on the board.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Paster is rated the No. 47-best recruit in the state of California by Rivals.com.

Paster is expected to be a defensive back at Cal, which now has 16 commitments for the class of 2020.










Back from left: Board Clerk Joe Gutierrez, Trustee Mario Mendoza, Merced College Superintendent/President Chris Vitelli, Board President Carmen Ramirez, and Board VicePresident Ernie Ochoa.  Not pictured: Trustee John Pedrozo, Trustee Sue Chappell, and Student Trustee Julie Shamyradova.

Fifteen years after cutting ties with its soccer program, Merced College is bringing it back.

Due to overwhelming interest by both our students and our community, and upon the recommendation of the Merced College Soccer Task Force, the Merced College Board of Trustees voted unanimously at their August board meeting to reinstate the men’s and women’s soccer programs.


“We are thrilled to be bringing a soccer program back to Merced College,” Merced College Vice President of Student Services Mike McCandless said.  “This program will continue to create the dynamic campus life our students and the community deserve.  As we conduct outreach with our high school partners and in the community, the status of a soccer program is always one of the most frequently asked questions. As a district, we are proud to be able to let the community we serve know that we heard and we responded.”


McCandless co-chaired the task force along with men’s aquatics coach Scott McCall.  The task force, which was comprised of Merced College faculty, administrators, classified professionals, students and community members, was formed because of overwhelming data collected from our students and the public that indicated interest in bringing back the programs and developing an action plan to make it happen.


With the board’s approval, Merced College will now begin a coaching search for both teams and to start the implementation of soccer classes beginning in spring 2020 with the collegiate sport beginning in fall 2020.


“The program could be up and running by fall 2020, but we will definitely be competing by fall 2021. This is an exciting time for both students and the community,” McCandless said.


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