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Bobcat teams land signees during early signing day

Texas State Athletics
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Texas State saw plenty of signings during Wednesday’s early signing period. 

Here’s a look at who the Bobcats landed: 

Women’s basketball inks three: Texas State signed forward Chelsea Johnson, guard Keslyn King and Jessica Paz Y Puente. 

"It is always a great day to be a Bobcat when we are able to add student-athletes to the landscape of Texas State University," head coach Zenarae Antoine said in a statement.

Johnson will arrive in San Marcos from Keithville, La. She helped lead Loyola College Prep to a 30-3 record during the 2017-18 campaign. Johnson received first team all-district honors and was named district MVP and was a second-team all-state selection. She amassed 16 points and 11 rebounds per game during her junior season. 

King will come to Texas State from Burleson. She attends Mansfield Legacy High School. King has received all-district honors twice and was selected to the all-district first team during her junior season. She tallied 14 points and five rebounds during the 2017-18 season. She’ll play in the Under Armour All-America game in Kentucky.   

Paz Y Puente is a San Antonio native who attends Tom C. Clark High School. Paz Y Puente was named first team all-district and was a TABC all-region pick during the 2017-18 season, where she recorded 14 points and eight assists per game. 

Volleyball signs four: Texas State signed four players during the Wednesday’s signing period: outside hitters Caitlan Buettner and Courtney Heiser, middle blocker Tessa Marshall and defensive specialist Michelle Foster

“After signing one of the top-rated classes in school history in 2018, the coaching staff had fewer spots to fill with the 2019 class. We were able to hone our focus on finding the right fit to mix in with our returners,” head coach Karen Chisum said in a statement. “When we started building this class we thought we only had two middle blocker positions to fill, but we ended up needing a pair of outside hitters due to injuries to Amy (Pflughaupt) and Megan (Porter). We are extremely excited about the four we are adding. They all bring something special to the table, and we believe they will all contribute to our depth and strength as we continue climbing up the mid-major ladder.”

Buettner will arrive in San Marcos from El Paso, where she attended Eastwood High School She played in 415 sets with Eastwood and tallied 1,360 kills, 855 digs, 200 blocks and 78 aces. She was named to the first team all-district team during the last three seasons. She was second team all-district during her freshman campaign.

Heiser will be a Bobcat after attending The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands. Heiser helped the Highlander go 46-5 and advance to the 6A regional semifinals. During her four-year career, she’s recorded 1,309 kills, 851 digs, 129 blocks and 51 aces. She was named second team all-state in 2017 and has been selected to the all-district first team all four years of her career. 

Marshall competed in three seasons at Stony Point High School in Round Rock. She’s been named to the all-district team twice, including being named to the first team after the 2018 season. Marshall amassed 504 kills, 147 blocks and 17 aces in 294 sets. 

Foster is an Allen native, who attends Lovejoy High School. She helped lead Lovejoy to the 5A state finals in 2018. She’s tallied 759 digs and 60 aces, which features 424 digs and 25 aces in 2018. 

Baseball signs 11: Texas State signed a combination of 11 high school seniors and junior college transfers during Wednesday’s early signing period.

The high school seniors coming to San Marcos in 2019 are outfielder Gabriel Briski, catcher Caleb Munton, right-hand pitchers Brett Brown and Isaac Ponce, right-handed pitcher and infielder Hayden VanderRoest and utility players Cade Sitka, who plays catcher, third base and is a right-handed pitcher, and Casey Sunseri.

The junior college transfers are right-handed pitchers Jacob Millender and Trevis Sundgren, right-handed pitcher and outfielder Tristan Stivors and infielder Justin Thompson 

“I would like to congratulate assistant coaches Steven Trout and Chad Massengale in signing a very athletic and competitive recruiting class,” head coach Ty Harrington said in a statement. “The future of Bobcat baseball looks incredibly bright with the addition of not only the right athletes but also the right people.”

Softball signs five:  Texas State signed five players during the early signing period, infielders Kayman Courtney and Kennedy Picou, infielder and catcher Sara Vanderford, outfielder and utility Bri Pendergraff and right-handed pitcher Tori McCann.

“The thing that excites me the most about this 2019 class is how athletic they are,” head coach Ricci Woodard said in a statement. “We have five athletes that can play multiple positions, and that is not very common. I think this group can come in and make a strong impact in our program.”

Courtney is set to be a Bobcat after attending Carthage High School. She’s been named a TWSA all-state player for three straight seasons  —  third team in 2016, first team in 2017 and an honorable mention in 2018.

Picou plays for Cy Fair High School. She’s been named first team all-district in consecutive seasons. 

Vanderford helped lead Deer Park High School to the UIL State Tournament in 2017. She was named second team 6A TWSA All-State in 2017 and 2018. She’s recorded a batting average above .400 in three consecutive seasons. 

Pendergraff is a Bryan native and attends Bryan High School. She was named a 5A TWSA All-State honorable mention in 2018. 

McCann attends Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock. She’s received first team all-district accolades in back-to-back seasons. She was named district pitcher of the year in 2018 with a 13-1 record in the circle. 

San Marcos native signs with Texas State Men’s Golf: The Bobcats signed Trace Martin during Wednesday’s early signing period. 

Martin, a San Marcos native, attends Grace Preparatory Academy in New Braunfels. He’s put together a strong junior golf scorecard. He won the 2017 State of Texas PGA Tour Summer Series Championship and the 2018 Prestige Tour Mid-Summer Showcase. 

“It was very important to be able to keep a player of Trace’s ability at home with us at Texas State University,” head coach Shane Howell said in a statement. “Trace comes from a wonderful family who are members of our San Marcos community. He will undoubtedly be an impact player for our program.”

Women’s Tennis signs Zayat: Alyssa Zayat, a Broken Arrow, Okla. native, signed with Texas State on Friday. 

Zayat trains at the Tucker Academy and is in her senior year at Bishop Kelley High School. She’s ranked as the No. 3 player in Oklahoma.

“Alyssa is a rising star and a tremendous athlete,” head coach Tory Plunkett said in a statement. “She will come to Texas State with a lot of experience and success on the court.”

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