LEMOORE — The spotlight was on Chloe and Sami Chedester as they took hundreds of pictures, said many thank you’s and hugged everyone they could in the event center of Lemoore High School on Thursday morning.
It was their day and they couldn’t be happier. The twin sisters — who are actually triplets with their brother, Billy — signed their National Letters of Intent to play soccer at Fresno State.
“This is honestly a dream come true,” Chloe said. “Getting to play soccer so close to my home so my parents can come all the time, and with my sister, Division I — at the highest level — I’m so excited.”
The two four-year varsity players sat front and center with red, blue and white balloons by their side and Fresno State items on the table. There were a couple of Bulldog pennants, hats and two cupcakes to color coordinate with each girl.
Chloe donned a red Fresno State shirt and Sami was in blue. The two were showered by compliments from athletic director Brady Holaday and Lemoore soccer coach Janet Brown, who got choked up when talking about the girls.
“I’m always excited to see young people pursue their dreams,” Brown said. “Both of them definitely deserve to play all the time, anywhere. They both are just very talented.”
The duo then took their turn and said a few words thanking everyone who’s helped and supported them on their journey.
“I’ve been dreaming about this day, especially to sign with my sister to Division I,” Sami said. “It’s amazing. I’m so excited for the future for the next four years.”
The pair had their family and coaches in attendance, in addition to the multitude of friends and teammates, who were all snapping away on their cameras and phones. Everyone wanted a photo with the sisters and all clapped when the girls signed their letters.
“I am so blessed with all the love and support I have from everyone,” Sami said. “My family, friends, teammates, coaches, my mom and dad especially.”
For Chloe, everything about the circumstances of Fresno State was perfect: close to home, getting to play with Sami and a scholarship to play at the highest level.
“Everything about it is perfect for me,” Chloe said. “It’s just the best choice possible for me.”
Just about a month ago, she was still deciding on where to go. She was deciding between Fresno State and Biola University, but in the end the Bulldogs won out.
Sami said she made her decision last Friday.
“I had options and I just couldn’t decide,” Sami said. “I had to do pros and cons and Fresno State just destroyed with the pros.”
The two also had offers from Cal State East Bay, Westmont College and Cal State Stanislaus, but it was the Bulldogs in the end.
The sisters first started playing soccer when they were 5 years old and picked up competitive club soccer in the seventh grade. Since then, it’s been “incredible” and “always busy” Sami said with lots of traveling for soccer games.
Their mom, Tina, was excited to watch her daughters reach a huge milestone in their life.
“I’m so happy for the girls,” Tina said. “They’ve worked really, really hard. I’m just so glad they’re going to be close. We can support them. We can go to all the home games.”
Tina added she’s glad the sisters will be together and called them “best friends.”
While at Fresno State, Sami plans on studying communications because she wants to be a sports broadcaster. Chloe will study kinesiology to reach her goal of being a physical therapist.
As both put it, they had dreamed of this moment and wanted this moment for a long time. Well, the Chedester sisters are proof that sometimes dreams do come true.