Kee Inks Four To 2017 Recruiting Class
Two High School Recruits, Two Transfers Commit To North Texas
DENTON - North Texas head softball coach Tracey Kee announced the signing of four student-athletes on Tuesday, bringing her 2017 recruiting class to eight players.
"The eight student-athletes joining our program in the fall of 2017 will be full of versatility and athleticism," Kee said. "Their passion to wear the green and white and represent the University of North Texas both in the classroom and on the field will continue the tradition our current roster takes pride in doing."
Samantha Rea - Scottsdale, Arizona (Phoenix College)
Rea, a utility infielder, has helped Phoenix College to a 44-6 mark in her sophomore season. She is hitting .369 with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 53 RBI.
As a freshman, Rea hit .491 with 20 doubles, 13 home runs and 63 RBI, helping Phoenix College to a 57-8-1 mark and a trip to the NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals. She was rewarded with first-team all-conference and Division II All-Region honors.
In addition to her offensive production, Rea is a smooth fielder, owning a .989 fielding percentage in her sophomore campaign. She fielded at a .963 clip as a freshman.
Rea on why she chose North Texas: "When deciding where to transfer, I wanted to find a competitive school with a comfortable environment. Visiting the University of North Texas made my choice easy. The coaches and team made me feel like family right away. I felt right at home as soon as I stepped on campus and knew this was the school for me."
Kee on the addition of Rea: "Sam is a true hitter whose experience and athletic ability will blend well with our program. The numbers she has put up the past two seasons will make an immediate impact in our lineup and allow us to add a power hitter on the left side of the plate."
Miranda Holguin - Cibolo, Texas (Byron P. Steele II High School)
Holguin, a four-year letterwinner under Michelle Uribe at Byron P. Steele High School, is a career .395 hitter, falling short of the .400 clip in only her sophomore campaign.
She was named Steele HS Offensive Player of the Year in her freshman season, was named her team's Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and garnered a spot on the Texas Girls' Coaches Association All-Star athlete list as a junior.
She is a three-time Academic All-District 28-5A and second-team all-district selection.
Holguin on why she chose North Texas: "The opportunities provided for me at North Texas are everything I have ever wanted. I am able to pursue my dreams of furthering my education to seek my bachelor's degree in hopes of becoming a physical therapist, while playing at the collegiate level. All I have ever asked for is an opportunity and after stepping onto North Texas' campus, talking to coaches, and player, I was welcomed with open arms. It was then I knew North Texas would be my second home."
Kee on the addition of Holguin: "Though small in stature, she plays the game big and with that grittiness all coaches are looking for. Her defensive skill set and desire to compete will give us further options in our lineup."
Briana Valdez - El Paso, Texas (Eastlake High School)
Valdez, a utility infielder, has strung together a solid prep career. Across her four seasons at Eastlake HS, Valdez is a career .375 hitter. This season, she is hitting at a .381 clip with 22 extra-base hits to go along with her 42 RBI, while helping her team to a 27-3 mark and a perfect 16-0 record in District 2-5A play.
As a junior, she posted a 12-2 record in the circle en route to being named the 2-5A Pitcher of the Year.
She has earned first team All-District 2-5A honors across her freshman through junior campaigns, and was first team all-city as a junior.
Valdez on why she chose North Texas: "I chose the University of North Texas for a couple of reasons. The commitment of the faculty and staff will provide me with the resources to help me excel in my academic and athletic career and playing softball at the next level has always been a dream of mine. After seeing the atmosphere and hearing the vision the coaching staff has for their program, I knew this was the place for me. I can't wait to start this new chapter in my life with my new Mean Green family."
Kee on the addition on Valdez: "Briana's passion for the game and her love for hitting will add another powerful stick into our program. She's a true student of the game and her positive energy will mix well with our roster."
Sally Gastelo - Yuma, Arizona (Arizona Western College)
Gastelo, an outfielder by trade, has put together a solid sophomore season for the Matadors, hitting .364 with 15 multi-hit games, 15 walks and 36 RBI while helping Arizona Western to a 35-20 record.
Gastelo played her freshman season with fellow signee Rea at Phoenix College. She earned a .419 average, tallying 36 hits with 24 RBI, helping Phoenix College win the 2016 Region I & Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Championship. Phoenix College placed fourth at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament in Clinton, Mississippi.
Gastelo on why she chose North Texas: "I chose North Texas because of the hardworking program and amazing coaching staff. I know with North Texas' focus on hard work, us softball players will be prepared for any adversity in life. I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to live out my dream. I can't thank the coaches enough for believing in me."
Kee on the addition of Gastelo: "Sally's desire to work hard and compete is what this program is built on. Her versatility, coaching-ability and inner drive will give us options in our lineup both in the grass and on the dirt."