Ready to play: Archdiocesan student-athletes sign Letters of Intent

February 26, 2019

Grace Wolfe, Megan Mirza and Shelby Echols of St. Agnes Academy signed Letters of Intent to play sports while continuing their education at a college or university. Photo courtesy of St. Agnes Academy.

HOUSTON — Athletes from several of the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese signed letters of intent to play sports with a college or university.

On National Signing Day, Feb. 6, St. Thomas High School starting quarterback Peyton Matocha signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Miami.

“Throughout this process, I believed that God had a plan for me,” Matocha says. “And I’ve always believed that the only person who can stop me is myself. I was never going to allow that to happen.”

Eagle football receiver Hunter Cheek signed with the University of Incarnate Word of the FCS Southland Conference, and Dylan Dixon, who flipped from wide receiver on offense to cornerback on defense, to Navarro College.

“God has given me this opportunity and it’s up to me to take full advantage of it,” Dixon said. “I’ve always carried that edge that pushed me to persevere. I’m disciplined and I can ball so I’ll just continue to work like I always have and good things will happen.”

At Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Joanna Kass signed a Letter of Intent to play golf at Trinity University in San Antonio, Maria Miggins signed to play volleyball at High Point University in North Carolina, and Milan Crespo signed to play soccer at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

St. Pius X High School had nine students sign their Letters of Intent on National Signing Day, making the total 13 so far for the year.

Haley Parks signed to play softball at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida; and Zach Cali signed for baseball at Ottawa University. For football, Jarvis Johnson signed with Harding University, Mason Coleman signed with Colorado School of Mines, Tate Jernigan and Zion Lewis signed with Trinity University, Thomathon Good signed with Texas Southern University, Trenton Waggoner signed with U.S. Military Academy, Kaleb Ducros signed with University of Incarnate Word, Chase Lane with Texas A&M University, and Jalen Curry and Grant Gunnell both signed with Arizona.
St. Agnes Academy had three students sign Letters of Intent. Grace Wolfe signed with The Citadel for cross country, Megan Mirza signed with Colorado School of Mines for soccer and Shelby Echols signed to Houston Baptist University for softball.

Sabrina Hillyer and Lyndie Swanson at St. John XXIII College Preparatory both signed four-year commitments. Hillyer, a soccer player, accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Arizona. Swanson, a softball player, signed to play for Houston Baptist University.

Morgan Sword from Incarnate Word Academy signed her Letter of Intent to play golf at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.

Seven students at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory signed Letters of Intent on Signing Day. Hao Nguyen signed to play tennis for Trinity University. Signing for football were Nathaniel Beal to the University of Virginia, Grant Bordelon to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jett Bush to the University of Texas, Caleb Crawford to Trinity University, Thomas Gordon to Northwestern University, and Michael Wiley to the University of Arizona.