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While the official end of the school year is still months away, several student athletes at Socorro ISD high schools are already planning for their educational and athletic futures beyond graduation day.
“Students in the Socorro Independent School District are excelling both academically and athletically, earning opportunities to continue their educational goals in colleges and universities next fall,” SISD officials shared.
Athletes from a variety of sports, including softball, baseball, football, soccer, and volleyball, have signed letters of intent to compete at the next level.
As they signed their letters and celebrated with family, teammates and coaches, they expressed excitement to continue competing in the sport they love at their college or university of choice.
Eastlake High School
Four student-athletes recently signed for scholarships at Eastlake High School.
Autumn Scott, a softball pitcher and outfielder, signed with the University of Texas at El Paso Nov. 20. Scott was named the 2019 El Paso Fastpitch Hall of Fame Softball Player of the Year.
In baseball, Michael Nevarez, an outfielder and baseman, and Jamie Munoz, a shortstop, will continue to compete together as they both signed with El Paso Community College Dec. 18.
“For me to get a scholarship and get the opportunity to go play at a higher level is a big accomplishment,” said Munoz, who made the 2018 All-City Baseball Team.
Another softball player, Alejandra Ruedas, signed with Sul Ross State University Jan. 22. As a catcher, Ruedas made the 2017 1st Team All-District, and 2019 1st Team All-District and All-City Honorable Mention.
“My teachers and coaches were so helpful,” Ruedas said. “They were instrumental in my success.”
Pebble Hills High School
The Spartans have had three students receive athletic scholarships. The student-athletes signed with their prospective universities Dec. 12.
Baseball player Michael Alvarez, shortstop, signed with Eastern Arizona College. He made the All-District Second Team as a freshman and as a junior.
“I made great connections at Pebble Hills,” Alvarez said. “The guys I play with, they’re my brothers.”
Baseball player Adrian Rubio, pitcher and outfielder, signed with New Mexico Military Institute.
Football player Zacchary Pomele, defensive and offensive tackle, signed with McMurry University.
“Not only to play at the next level, but to get an education out of it means everything,” Pomele said “I’ve always dreamed of this and for it to happen it’s just a blessing.”
El Dorado High School
The Aztecs had two student-athletes sign with colleges Dec. 16.
Softball player Ciera Avila, shortstop, who is 8 hits from 100 career hits, signed with Midland College. She was named to the 2019 All-District 2-5A First Team.
“My coaches and teammates have always been here for me since day one, so thank you to them,” Avila said.
Soccer player Vanessa Gonzalez, forward, signed with Eastern New Mexico University. Gonzalez has been team captain since her sophomore year, and she is a three-time All-District player.
“My coaches have contributed greatly to this, because both my city and my high school coach prepared me to go onto the next level with confidence,” Gonzalez said.
Americas High School
Blazer Nation had a signing for two of its student-athletes Dec. 18.
Softball starter and pitcher, Arianna Yvonne Zubia, signed with El Paso Community College. She was named to All-District First Team 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 All-District Pitcher of the Year.
Volleyball player, Mia Bella Ruiz, is an outside hitter who signed with Sul Ross State University. She earned 2018 Americas High School Most Valuable Player and 2018 Americas High School Defensive Player of the Year.
“It’s such a great program here at Americas,” Ruiz said. “My coach has made my years here so memorable because she and the girls are so loving, like we’re a big family.”