Appel’s big day

I’ll be the first to admit it.
I wasn’t thrilled when my alarm went off today at 6:30 a.m. Knowing me means knowing I am NOT a morning person.
But today was different. I knew the momentary discomfort of my interrupted  slumber would be worth it. I knew I was going to be a part of something special.
After all, it’s not every day girls basketball players from this area sign with national powerhouses, and that’s exactly what was happening. Carondelet’s Jayne Appel was signing with Stanford. I was going to see that happen — even if it meant being at Carondelet at 8 a.m.
When I wandered into the main office, Jayne was already there with her parents, Joe and Pam, who were all decked out in Cardinal red. Clearly, this was a big day for them as well.
A small group of family and friends, which included Carondelet coaches Margaret Gartner and Lexy Tamony (a former Cal hoopster, who admitted Wednesday to being a "closeted Stanford fan"), gathered in the nearby conference room to watch Appel’s big moment unfold.
“Who knew at age 10 with AAU it would come to this?” Pam Appel said. “That’s when it all started. It just snowballed.”
The process was actually really quick (unlike Jayne’s yearlong recruiting adventure). She signed four pieces of paper, posed for a series of photos and it was over. Jayne was officially headed to The Farm.
“It really feels like I’m signing four years of my life away,” Jayne told me with a laugh.

Wednesday may have been all about Stanford, but as Gartner said, "We still have to get her on the court." Carondelet’s hoops season (Jayne’s last one) starts later this month.