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La Joya High School alum Clarissa Navarro is making a name for herself on the national collegiate level. Clarissa was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division 1 All-Region Team. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Arkansas and plays shortstop for the Razorbacks. Her selection to the South Region’s second team was announced late last week.
Navarro has made an impact at the plate and on the field in her debut season as a Razorback. Clarissa transferred from Butler Community College and led the Razorbacks in hits, total bases and doubles. She averaged .339 at the plate with a slugging percentage of .596 and had 29 RBIs. She has started in all 53 games this year.
The SEC had 27 athletes named to the NFCA Region teams between the South and Southeast Region. Ten players were named to the first team and two were named to the second team. The SEC schools that make up the South Region include Arkansas, Alabama LSU and Mississippi State.
All honorees are eligible for selection to the NFCA All-American teams, which were to be announced May 30.
Clarissa has been a standout in baseball and softball. She made the USA Baseball’s National Women’s Team in 2010 and was a Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A all-state honorable mention player. She was also named the 2010 Valley Freedom Newspapers Most Valuable Player.
She is the daughter of Reynaldo and Hilda Navarro.
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