Eight VISD Student-Athletes Sign With Colleges 5-2

Warriors, Titan Softball Star Sign

Rise and sign. A huge day of college signings for VISD student-athletes Thursday.
I was at West for seven signings. First, Corinne Hall, two-time regional qualifyer in tennis, signing with East Texas Baptist in Marshall. Five West baseball players, signing with colleges. Cade Mitscherling, signing with Alvin Community College. Clayton Wenske, Jordan Fillmore and Ky Zarate, all signing with Coastal Bend College in Beeville. Matthew De La Garza, making it official with Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana. Katelyn Olguin, signing a student trainer letter with A&M-Kingsville. The Warriors, telling me how special this day is for them.

Said Hall, “Today’s very special to me. I am the first in my family to go and one of many of my friends that are going to college.”

Said De La Garza, “It’s always been my dream to play college baseball. I’m at a point in my career when I could play and help a team out.”

Said Mitscherling, “It’s the thing we’ve always worked for. Ever since you were a little kid you wanted to play college baseball and hopefully go on after that. For me and four of my friends, we’ve all really worked for it this year and I’m glad it came through for all of us, not just me.”

Said Wenske, “I’m very excited. It’s a special moment. This was my dream growing up, to play college baseball. I just found the right spot and it’ll be a great time.”

Said Zarate, “It’s very special. I get to go to school with Clayton and Jordan. We’ve been playing together since we were in Little League.”

Said Fillmore, “The knee problem helped me get my mind right. Ever since I watched my dad play baseball when he was younger I just wanted to play ball. I just put my mind to it and I’m here now.”

I was at East for Titans softball standout Kaylynn Franklin, signing with Alvin Community College. Franklin was a four year varsity starter for the Titans. She led the team in pitching wins the past three seasons. Kaylynn was an All-District pick three straight years, making first team All-District once, and she is a Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star. I talked with her and East softball head coach Melissa Buck.

“Ever since I was little I’ve been playing softball to get to this point. It’s all coming together now.”

Said coach Buck, “It’s exciting. She’s earned it. She’s been a starter for us for four years. She’s pitched, she’s played third. She’s got a big bat.”