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Jaylee Fernandez signs with Copiah-Lincoln
Alongside her parents, Rodney and Jennifer, Jaylee Fernandez of Floresville High School signs her letter of intent to Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. She will play softball for the Wolfpack.
Wilson County NewsMarch 14, 2012 3,252 views 1 comment
FLORESVILLE -- After signing her letter of intent to attend school and play softball for Copiah-Lincoln Community College last Tuesday, Floresville’s Jaylee Fernandez will now spend the remainder of her senior season trying to help the Jaguars win.
Fernandez, an outfielder for Floresville High School, considered several schools to attend following graduation in June. Sul Ross State University and Alvin Community College were on her short list of interests, but she decided to make the commitment to Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson, Miss., after making a visit to the campus.
“I went for a visit and just fell in love,” she said. “I like the school, and I really liked the coaches and players. It’s a great opportunity for me.”
Fernandez, who began playing softball at the age of 9, said she will focus her studies on teaching and coaching, and hopes to work with special-needs athletes in the future. She currently helps with the local Little League, and enjoys working with younger children.
The people in her life will be missed when Fernandez moves to Mississippi. She said she has been in Floresville her whole life, and knows it will be a big adjustment to be away from her family and friends.
“The culture is very different there,” she said. “And there is no H-E-B or Bill Millers.”
Fernandez even joked that maybe her parents would send her a “care package from H-E-B.”
She is looking forward to something new and different, and to meeting an entirely new group of people. She admitted that being outside of Texas would “be a shock.”
Fernandez said her goal for this year is to make the playoffs, and “go out with a bang.”
“I want to accomplish more than we did last year, and to give the underclassmen a taste of the playoffs,” she said.
When asked what she enjoys outside of softball, Fernandez admitted there wasn’t much.
“Softball and school is my life,” she said with a chuckle, “and it’s been that way a while. I really enjoy it. If I didn’t have softball, I wouldn’t know what to do with my life.”
Fernandez has been a big part of the Jaguar softball program, and she will be missed once she graduates. Head Softball Coach Billy “Doc” Marshall said that she has been with him since he took over the program four years ago, and that he is proud of what she has accomplished.
“Jaylee will only get better,” Marshall said. “She hasn’t reached her plateau yet. She is going to be an asset to Copiah-Lincoln.
“She is a good kid,” he added. “I have enjoyed my time with her.”
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