Victoria West Lady Warriors sign to play college softball

VICTORIA, Texas — The West Lady Warriors softball team have three future college athletes on the team after Wednesday’s signings.

West outfielder Sydney Harvey is signing to play at Texas State University to be a Bobcat. For years, Harvey has played for the Blaze which is a travel team, and her head coach reached out to the Texas State head coach to give Harvey a shot and Bobcat head coach Ricky Woodard gave her a shot. Harvey went to San Marcos, toured the campus, received an offer and decided she wanted to spend the next four years there.

During this recruiting process I was waiting patiently for the opportunity that I wanted and I got exactly what I wanted, said Harvey. I am ready to work with the great coaching staff and push to become even better and strive to be a better athlete and student in the classroom.

West short stop Katarina Zarate is signing to play at McLennan Community College to play softball. She says when she toured the university it felt like home and the coaches helped make her feel at home. She hopes to go far in the playoffs this year in softball.

It took a lot of hard work and dedication many nights, weekdays, weekends, missed things… I just feel like all my hard work has paid off and now I can work hard for my success in college.

West head coach Jody Thompson is happy for all her seniors who have signed to play college ball this year and wishes them nothing but the best. Thompson knows with their record breaking season last year, the expectations are high for this group of girls and she wants the pressure on her not the girls.

For them to come out every single day and hold themselves to a higher standard but the entire team, that’s what any coach wants for any player or any team.

The moto in the locker room is “Road to Reds”, meaning going to state, since Red McCombs Field is where the state tournament is held. Harvey wants to major in health sciences and become a physicians assistant or a nurse while Zarate wants to major in psychology and be a sports psychologist.