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Shot put champion Stamatia Scarvelis picks UCLA

Stamatia Scarvelis will continue her track and field career at UCLA.

The Dos Pueblos senior, the two-time defending CIF State Champion, USA Track and Field Junior National Champion and Junior Pan American Games gold medalist, announced her college choice during halftime of Friday’s Dos Pueblos-Santa Barbara boys basketball game.

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Stamatia pulled open her DP letterman’s jacket and showed the crowd the UCLA Bruins T-shirt she was wearing.

Stamatia will be joining her brother, Nicholas, at the Westwood campus next fall. The 2011 CIF State Champion in the shot put is entering his sophomore season with the Bruins.

Stamatia said her final decision came down to Oklahoma and UCLA.