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Socorro High School had three student-athletes sign virtually to continue their careers with McMurry University, located in Abilene, Texas.
Twin sisters Janeth Chacon and Jazmin Chacon signed to be a part of the cross-country team and Matthew Pena signed with the men’s basketball team.
“I am thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to play ball,” Pena said. “I would like to thank my coach and my teammates for helping me and being there for me.”
Pena was the basketball team captain and a shooting and point guard. His athletic accolades include 2019 and 2020 1-6A All-District First Team Selection, 2019-2020 Pre-Season All-City Selection making him part of “Players to Watch” in the El Paso Times, 2019 and 2020 All-City Honorable Selection, 2019 All-Tournament Selection in Fabens Tournament, 2019 and 2020 All-Tournament Selection in New Mexico’s Rio Rancho Holiday Hoops Classic, and 2019 BSN Sports 3-Point Shooting Champion.
“Matthew is an outstanding and well-rounded young man,” said head boys’ basketball coach Timothy McNally. “He is probably one of the best all-around players that I’ve ever coached in my 30-plus years. We are very proud of him.”
Pena’s academic honors include being on the A-B honor roll and a state qualifier for the 2019 Texas Association of Future Educators competition.
Both Chacon sisters also earned high academic achievements. They earned their associate degrees from El Paso Community College through the Socorro Early College High School Program in 2020.
Janeth Chacon’s athletic accolades include being named to the 2019 and 2020 All-District team, 2019 and 2020 All-City team and a 2020 regional finalist and earning Cross-Country 7th Best El Paso Runner 2020.
Jazmin Chacon, the girls’ team captain, made the 2019 and 2020 All-District team, 2019 & 2020 All-City team, 2019 and 2020 regional finalist, and earned Cross-Country 3rd Best El Paso Runner 2020.
“I am excited to start my new journey in college and I can’t wait to join my new team,” Jazmin Chacon said.
Head cross-country coach Jeffery Barros, who has known the sisters for five years, is proud of the girls’ success both athletically and academically.
“They have not only become great athletes, but they were great in the classroom as well,” Barros said.
Socorro High School principal Lucero Miranda-Reid wished all three students the best in their future college endeavors.
“It’s going to be an exciting time, with new experiences for you and so I offer my best congratulations to you and your families,” Miranda-Reid said.
Socorro High School athletic coordinator Anthony Hinsley also gave them words of congratulations and encouragement.
“To the students: Congratulations, we are here to celebrate you,” Hinsley said. “Enjoy the experience, but most importantly get your degrees.”
The student-athletes signed on July 9th.