Four Lady Coyote soccer players from La Joya High School, Keyla Mata, Kayla Ochoa, Vanessa Ramos and Kendra Renteria, signed letters of intent to play for Jarvis Christian College.
Monday, Feb. 24, the four athletes were praised by family, friends, coaches and administration in the La Joya High School cafeteria. Come fall, the teammates will be continuing their athletic and academic careers as Bulldogs.
“Today is a big day for La Joya High School and La Joya Early College,” Ruben Farias, LJHS Athletic Coordinator, said. “These ladies have dedicated time to their schoolwork and athletic ability to get this opportunity.”
Farias said the seniors have been role models in the school, community and soccer program.
“They’re building a bridge between Jarvis and La Joya,” Farias said, noting that they appreciate all the hard work they all put into the sport. “We’re hoping that these young ladies continue to have success in the classroom as well at the collegiate level.”
La Joya High School Principal Antonio Cano spoke on their success on the field and in the academics.
“It is hard work to get to the level that allows you sit where you’re sitting right now,” Cano said. “It takes hard work in the classroom to maintain your grades so that you can participate in soccer, and earn grades that are high enough to gain a scholarship. It takes a balance, and [they] have demonstrated that they are able to balance it out.”
This story was originally published in the Friday, March 6, 2020 edition of the Progress Times