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Poth pitcher Monica Cavazos bound for Texas A&M International
ROBERT C. McDONALD/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Poth’s Monica Cavazos signs her letter of intent to attend school and play softball for Texas A&M International University in Laredo. Cavazos is joined by her father, Guss; Coach Carilee Robbins; and her mother, Cynthia.
POTH -- Having athletes from Poth High School sign on to play at the collegiate level is nothing new, but the number of Pirette softball players moving on to compete at the next level is impressive to say the least. Earlier in the school year, Kayla Boening inked a deal to put her into the college game, and last Thursday, Poth ace pitcher Monica Cavazos did the same as she committed to Texas A&M International University in Laredo.
Like most recruited athletes, Cavazos had choices in where to go. She was considering an offer from Our Lady of the Lake University, but decided on Texas A&M International after her visit to the campus.
“I fell in love with it,” she said.
Cavazos is excited about living in a new place and meeting new people. She is looking forward to bonding with her new teammates, but most of all, is excited she will still be playing softball next year.
“I love this sport,” she added with a smile.
Her joy is slightly offset by her sorrow, though, as she was quick to say she will miss her friends and family. Cavazos said the Pirette softball team was a very tight-knit unit this season, and moving on is going to leave a bit of a void. She said she may miss Coach Carilee Robbins most of all, and said it has been an honor to play for her.
The people of Poth rally behind the school’s athletes and programs, and she is going to miss being part of that as well.
“Everyone in Poth gets behind us,” Cavazos said. “There is so much support from the community. It’s really neat, and I will miss it.”
Cavazos admitted her favorite subject at Poth was athletics, and her least favorite was math class. She wants to steer clear of the numbers at A&M International, and said her plan is to major in psychology.
Cavazos has been a big part of the Pirette softball team’s success over the past couple of years, and is proud of what she accomplished. The Pirettes advanced to the regional playoffs again this year before falling to Danbury -- the eventual state champions. Cavazos pitched great during the season, and even held the offensive powerhouse to just a single run during the second game.
After watching a second player of hers sign this year, Robbins was also all smiles.
“I’m so proud of her,” Robbins said. “I’m extremely proud of her leadership and how she took control of her game.”
“She went from 180 strikeouts last year to 333 this year,” Robbins added. “You don’t do that without a lot of hard work and focus. She will be hard to replace.”
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