While the school year is winding down, three Lamar Consolidated athletes decided to keep their athletic careers going at a couple of junior colleges
Marco Rodriguez and Saul Ramirez signed letters of intent to play at Blinn College. Rodriguez will play both football and soccer, while Ramirez will just play soccer. Also, Ciarra Mutshatshi signed to play basketball at Northeastern Junior College, located in Sterling, Colo.
Rodriguez, who was named the Herald’s Special Teams Player of the Year for football last season, went 42-for-45 in extra points and kicked seven field goals for the Mustangs in 2018.
While Rodriguez plans to kick for the Buccaneers football team, he still has a love for soccer and wants to keep it as an option while he heads to Brenham.
“I always dreamed of going to college and working on the next level,” he said. “It’s a blessing, really. All glory to God.”
Rodriguez won’t be lonesome in Blinn, as his soccer teammate, Ramirez, will join him on the Buccaneer squad. Ramirez is just happy for the opportunity to keep playing the sport that he loves.
“I enjoy soccer so much, and I’m excited to go to the next level,” Ramirez said. “I never expected someone like Blinn to come out and watch me, but I’m also surprised that they liked how I played.”
Rodriguez and Ramirez led Lamar to a 9-9-5 record last season, but a 7-7-2 record in District 24-5A kept the Mustangs out of the postseason. But the memories and life lessons are what they will remember of their time at Lamar.
“I loved playing with my brothers in both football and soccer,” Rodriguez said. “They all taught me something, every one of them. And I’m grateful for them.”
Meanwhile, Mutshatshi will go out-of-state to continue her basketball career. She came to Lamar after three years at Wharton High School, but she made an impact on the Lady Mustangs this past season.
Her defense and rebounding helped Lamar to a 17-17 record, and she hopes she can go to Northeastern to build on her skills to get noticed by an NCAA Division I or II team.
“It’s very emotional for me to leave all my friends and family,” Mutshatshi said. “But I’m excited and ready to move to the next level at JC.”