The honor student/star athlete is expected to sign with Houston Baptist University for a softball scholarship. The school is in the Great West Conference.
The Huskies softball practices and game schedule are so demanding, the school has offered the Refugio athlete an extra fifth year on her scholarship.
“They want to make sure that athletes complete their degrees,” Cecilia said.
The Lady Cat pitcher is in the midst of volleyball season.
“I’m really excited about playing volleyball this year,” she said.
Cecilia is equally eager about college.
“I can’t wait to start school next year at Houston Baptist,” she said.
The former county 4-H queen spent most of her weekends this summer playing softball with a Houston select team. She’s no newcomer to the team – she’s been playing there since she was 6. That was also the year that Refugio Little League began its softball program.
“I think the Little League program helped these young girls,” said Karen Watts, Refugio city council member. Watts was on the council that supported adding the softball field at Heritage Park.
When Cecilia wasn’t in Houston this summer, she was playing softball on the road with the select team – including games in Boulder, Colo. and in New York City.
Both Watts and Tejas BBQ owner Ron Lucich said they were amazed by the senior’s exhausting schedule and tenacity.
“This young lady is the real deal – a great athlete and a great student,” Lucich said.
“I want these kids to know that the city’s here for them,” Watts said. “They’re our future.”
Cecilia will major in business marketing and management. The county’s 4-H program helped her reach the decision on her career.
“I like to work with kids in the 4-H program on leadership and their futures,” Cecilia said.
Watts said there are scholarships available for young people who excel in athletics and academics as well. Cecilia is a prime example.
Local dentist Dr. Charles Watts sponsored the first Lunch With a Badge this school year.
“Dr. Watts picked up the tab for everybody today,” Lucich said. “The program is receiving such a positive response. It’s not unusual for a community member or business owner to hand over a $20 bill to keep the program going and we really appreciate that.”