News: Football's Marona, Medrano Earn 4-Year University Scholarships
The Pasadena City College football team held a signing ceremony Tuesday for 2012 lettermen Tyler Marona and Andrew Medrano, who both earned scholarships to play at the university level.
Marona, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive lineman from St. Francis High, leaves PCC after one season in accepting a scholarship at NCAA Division I Syracuse University (New York). As a freshman, Marona made 25 tackles, a team-best five for lost yardage including two quarterback sacks.
A business economics major with a 3.4 grade point average, Marona talked about the importance of attending PCC and it how it made a difference.
"Getting a scholarship to a place like Syracuse out of PCC means that the dream is still alive," Marona said. "My belief was that I could get stronger as a player and be seen here. I felt PCC was that springboard for me."
Medrano is headed to Division II Walsh University (North Canton, Ohio) to play for the Cavaliers.
Medrano, a 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore linebacker/strong safety, played two seasons at PCC under Lancers' head coach Fred Fimbres. Medrano finished tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 39, made one sack, one interception and broke up two passes. He also caught a 34-yard pass on a gadget play.
Majoring in administrative justice with a 3.0 GPA, Medrano grew up in East Los Angeles and played at Lincoln High before coming to PCC.
"I'm excited about getting a scholarship," Medrano said. "I put in a lot of hard work to get to this point. I've seen others put in the work and not get rewarded."
Fimbres talked about his role as a coach in moving players forward.
"As coaches, we see the No. 1 goal is to transfer and matriculate student-athletes," Fimbres said. "While it would have been nice to have Tyler one more year here, I feel he leaves here a far better football player, and he achieves his own goal of making it to the Division I level. Andrew really came into his own this past season, and his progression into becoming a hard-hitting tackler makes him a find for Walsh. Both of them are examples of how our program can help mold individuals and prepare students to achieve at the collegiate level."
Fimbres also announced that defensive end Dean Bisterfeldt, who totaled 35 tackles and three sacks over two seasons at PCC, is attending Ottawa University in Kansas, a NAIA institution. Bisterfeldt is a local talent from Monrovia High.
[Photo--PCC's four-year university scholarship signees Tyler Marona (left) and Andrew Medrano (right), image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 04/16/2013