Calhoun celebrates athletes signing to universities around the country

PORT LAVACA-CALHOUN, Texas — Four Calhoun Sandcrab athletes signed to further their athletic and academic career in various locations across the United States. The four girls gathered with their friends and family in the Calhoun gym, decked out in gear from their new universities.

Volleyball player Rosalinda Orta is signing to Texas A&M Kingsville to be a Javelina and play volleyball. She chose Kingsville because she is familiar with the university and had friends and family attend. Orta was encouraged by her coach to play at the next level her junior year. The biggest thing she is looking forward to is stepping on the court.

It was exciting, because I am the first to go college for four years for a sport, said Orta. Being a Javelina, it’s like home. It’s not too far and I feel like home when I go.

Orta wants to major in business and is excited to be in a new environment.

Kennedi Butcher is heading to Nebraska and will attend Midland University and compete on the powerlifting team. Butcher had many offers, but landed on Midland to keep God close to her heart since it is a Christian school. Butcher’s goal is to make lift in the national meet.

When I visited there it just felt like home, it feels like the place I needed to be, said Butcher. It’ll take me to the best places in life and also I have my best friend up there… so that helped my decision a lot.

Butcher wants to major in biology and become a plastic surgeon so that people can be comfortable in their skin.

Geraldine Tafola is joining the University of Texas- Austin to compete on the powerlifting team. Tafola is honored to sign with such a prestigious university and is excited to see what Austin has in store for her. Talfola wants to explore the new city and said her cheeks were hurting from smiling so much.

It means everything to me, I’ve been doing this for four years and I’ve been through the struggles, falls and the wins at times, said Tafola. This is one of the greatest moments to be given this opportunity.

Tafola wants to major in biology and work her way to pre-med and help find a cure for cancer.

Alexis Iglesias is heading to Nebraska to join Butcher on the powerlifting team. Iglesias decided to head to Midland University because they are the best at what they do.

It means everything to me, [my family] have been here for the past four years of powerlifting, said Iglesias. It makes me happy to see them here, knowing that they are proud of me and I can’t wait to make them proud in Nebraska.

Iglesias loves sports and wants to major in sports marketing and management.