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UHV men’s soccer coach Adrian Rigby announced the signing of three players from Mission Sharyland High School for the upcoming 2019 season.

Signing their letters of intent to play soccer for UHV are goalkeeper Gabriel Tamez, midfielder Alberto Martinez and center back Alejandro Castello. Tamez and Martinez are from Mission, while Castello is from Mexico City. All three are 2019 graduates of Sharyland High School.

Tamez was active on and off the field for the Rattlers, excelling in soccer and football.

He was named Sharyland’s Newcomer of the Year in 2017 and team MVP in 2018 before wrapping up his career as the team’s Outstanding Player for 2019. He was named the District 31-5A Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018 and 2019 and was a first-team all-district wide receiver for the Rattlers this past season as well. He also received the Sharyland Football Playmaker Award in 2018.

In the classroom, he was named an Outstanding Student, was a member of the National Honor Society and the A/B Honor Roll and achieved perfect attendance.

“I chose to attend UHV because I wanted to continue my athletic career as a soccer player, and I really enjoy the environment that the school provides,” Tamez said.

Tamez plans to study business and finance.

“Gabriel is a very capable shot-stopper,” said Rigby. “He has good size and commands his box well. We are confident that Gabriel will challenge for time as a freshman.”

Martinez served as captain of his team and helped guide the Rattlers to the regional quarterfinals, where they lost to Valley View in a shootout this past season. He was named to the McAllen Monitor’s all-area second team this past season.

“I chose to attend UHV because the campus is growing and the team is very competitive,” said Martinez.

Martinez plans to study business.

“Alberto is a very technical midfielder with excellent passing abilities and vision,” said Rigby. “He is also comfortable around the goal, and we’ll look forward to him contributing to our attack next season.”

Castello has also starred on and off the field for the Rattlers.

He was named the district’s Newcomer of the Year as a junior and Sharyland’s Defensive Player of the Year as well. He also earned recognition on the all-area first team.

This past season, he was named first team all-state, the District 31-5A Defensive MVP, Sharyland’s MVP and the VYPE South Texas Player of the Year as a senior.

In the classroom, he was named an outstanding student, was recognized on the A/B honor roll, was a member of the history club and was recognized for outstanding attendance.

“I chose UHV because I want to study and play soccer at a high level,” said Castello, who plans to study business.

“Alex is a tall and mobile center back,” said Rigby. “He is strong in the air and is capable of playing out of the back. We’ll look forward to him being a presence in the back line for years to come.”

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