Signing Day Roundup: UMHB Brings In Talent in Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Soccer and Baseball

Wednesday marked fall signing day, a day in which future college athletes officially decide where they will begin their college careers. Several talented athletes in the class of 2021 made their commitment to play at UMHB official yesterday. Here is a complete recap of who made those announcements yesterday. It is important to note that Division 3 does not have a “signing day”, although the majority of athletes do sign a form declaring their official commitment to continue their athletic and academic careers at the next level.

Women’s Basketball:

McKenzie Cano, Mason High School, Mason, Texas

Cano, a 5’11 forward heads into her senior season at Mason High School ready to be one of the Punchers’ go-to players in the post. Last season, Cano played in 37 games, averaging 9.2 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Cano is also a TABC All-State selection.

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Lily Guevara, Hays High School, Buda, Texas

Guevara, like Cano, will look to be a consistent force in the paint and on the perimeter for the Cru. A solid shooter who posted a 50% shooting percentage last season, she has a knack for driving to the lane, and finding short-range shots.

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Ariele Rosborough, Southwest Christian School, Fort Worth, Texas

Rosborough, a two sport athlete who plays both basketball and volleyball, has excelled as a scorer and rebounder for Southwest Christian, averaging a double-double last season with 16.7 points per game and 11.4 rebounds per contest. She is also quick on defense, posting an average of 3.6 steals per game last season. Rosborough is ranked #91 in the state by Premiere Basketball Report.

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Arieona Rosborough – Southwest Christian School, Fort Worth, Texas

Just like her twin sister, Rosborough is a stand out for both the volleyball and basketball teams at Southwest Christian, and was a member of last season’s TAPPS 5A State Championship team. A first team All-District selection, Rosborough has the ballhandling skills to possibly aid UMHB at the point guard position in the near future. She has made her mark as one of Texas’ top recruits in the class of 2021, as she is ranked #27 in the state by Premiere Basketball Report.

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Madison Stratton, Taft High School, San Antonio, Texas

Stratton’s signing was announced Thursday evening, as the shooting guard has good ballhandling skills and will be able to aid the Cru on the wing. Stratton also improved tremendously over the course of the summer, playing with AD Elite, an AAU travel basketball program.

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Yasmen Maxwell, Marlin High School, Marlin, Texas

Maxwell, a Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) All-State selection, has begun her senior season off to a good start. In Marlin’s first game of the season this past Tuesday, Maxwell scored 19 points, brought down eight rebounds and added two steals. A shooting guard, Maxwell will be a strong force on the wing for the Cru, and brings with her speed, agility, and quickness, key characteristics of a player who will look contribute immediately next season for UMHB.

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Softball:

Kaitlin Powers, Midway High School, Waco, Texas

Powers, a corner infielder and outfielder should help UMHB in a variety of ways, especially defensively, as her aggressiveness to get to every ground ball and catch every popup has paid big dividends in Midway’s recent success. “It’s official! Thank you to everyone who made this dream of mine become a reality,” said Powers in a tweet. “I am so grateful for this sport and all of the people and opportunities it has blessed me with! Go Cru!”

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Hannah Sterriker, Midway High School, Waco, Texas

Another Midway high school product, Sterriker has primarily played the middle infield and outfield during her high school career. Her speed on the basepaths (3.10 seconds from home to first base) is a key part of her skill set.

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Lindsey Polleschultz, Cypress High School, Cypress, Texas

Polleschultz is a solid hitter who has posted a .310 batting average over the last two seasons. She finds ways to get on base, and stole eight bases as a sophomore in 2019. Her fielding percentage was a near-flawless .900 in 17 games this past spring.

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Kelsey Keierleber, Plano East High School, Plano, Texas

Keierleber, a talented catcher/outfielder from Plano, will bring a strong defensive presence to Belton. In her first season as a varsity starter this past spring, she hit .250 in six games. Behind the plate, she posted an impressive .976 fielding percentage. Heading into her senior year, Keierleber will look to be an impact player for Plano East.

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Baseball:

Andrew Acierni, Dallas College-Brookhaven

Acierni was dominant on the mound over six appearances at the JUCO level this past spring, logging three starts. The righty from Waco threw 22.1 innings and struck out a total of 21 batters. Opposing batters hit .256 off of him, but he kept his ERA low at 3.22. Acierni will be a welcome addition to UMHB’s pitching staff, and will certainly improve in one more season this upcoming spring at Brookhaven.

Acierni committed, but did not officially sign with UMHB on Wednesday.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Tyler Martin, Katy High School, Katy, Texas Martin did not officially sign with UMHB but did announce his commitment to play for the Cru on November 9. A talented outfielder and second baseman, Martin stood out for AB National 2021-Prime this summer. https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Volleyball:

Alyssa Christiansen, Clear Springs High School

Christiansen, a 5’6 Libero, has helped Clear Springs to a 10-1 conference record this season. She is currently averaging 3.7 digs per set, with 207 service returns through 55 sets played.

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Women’s Soccer:

Reagan Williams, Round Rock High School, Round Rock, Texas

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Men’s Golf:

Benjamin Metzger, Perryton, Texas

Metzger was active on the course this summer, having played in 12 events. He played perhaps the best golf of his high school career, winning The Medalist Tour: West 412 on June 22, and finishing tied for first on two other occasions. A homeschooled student, Metzger has been playing golf since he could hold a club at around the age of three, according to his mother, Karen. He is currently the only addition to the team for the 2021-22 season.

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If you have other signings that we have not yet reported here, please email Riley Zayas at rileyzayas@truetothecru.com.

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