Five Crossroads athletes commit to play in college (video)

Keldy  Ortiz

May 21, 2013 at 12:21 a.m.
Updated May 22, 2013 at 12:22 a.m.

When Jodie Garcia suffered a spinal injury in March, doctors said she was done for the season.

She proved them wrong, as she came back to play weeks later.

"(It comes) from doctors saying that could have been my last game to showing them I didn't want it to be," Garcia said. "I wanted to take advantage of my ability to play. When I got hurt, I was thinking it was possible. I wouldn't be where I am today."

The Victoria East senior signed to play softball at Coastal Bend College in Beeville, one of five Crossroads athletes to commit to play at the next level Tuesday. It also helps that Garcia's cousin, St. Joseph senior Paige Terrell, also signed to play softball at Coastal Bend next year.

East softball coach Lee Price said Garcia's comeback set an example for the team. Before the season, he knew the success of the team would depend on how the girls played through the season.

"I hope for the rest of the team, it shows to dream big and you can achieve anything," Price said. "It was a real scare. We knew she would come back."

Terrell, 17, chose Coastal Bend because she wanted to be close to home. She knew her cousin would be going there, so the decision made sense for her.

"We've always played ball together. We separated because of high school," she said. "It's great to be playing ball together."

Terrell's coach, Rudy Diaz, said Coastal Bend was a good choice for her because she can work on the skills that will help her reach a Division I school.

"I know she can play a good four years," Diaz said. "I'm glad her career is not ending early. Her leadership will be missed."

St. Joseph's Sam Poland also agreed to play college baseball at Division III Schreiner University in Kerrville. Poland said playing at the next level has been a goal of his.

"I had doubts, but I know it was something that can happen," Poland said.

Mike Shimek, Poland's coach, said baseball means a lot to Poland. He's excited for Poland's future.

"Schreiner is a small school that cares about its athletes," Shimek said. "He has an enthusiastic approach to the game. It's encouraging."

Also heading to Coastal Bend College are West soccer players Eric Robinson and Jose Olalde, who tried out for the team and earned spots. They made their commitments official Tuesday as well.



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