CCA's Trujillo signs two-sport scholarship
Thu. June 12, 2014 at 3:59 p.m. | By Chris Singleton/Staff Writer
Covenant Christian's Naomi Trujillo signed a scholarship to play softball and volleyball at NAIA school Presentation College on Thursday. (Photo by Chris Singleton/Staff)
GRAY — Most athletes attend college just to play one sport.
But Covenant Christian Academy's Naomi Trujillo is headed to the next level to participate in two sports.
The multi-talented Trujillo signed a national letter-of-intent to play volleyball and softball at Presentation College during a signing ceremony at CCA on Thursday.
Trujillo was a three-sport standout at Covenant Christian, serving as a key leader on the softball, volleyball and girls basketball teams.
In softball, she played shortstop and also contributed in other areas such as second-string pitcher. She led the Lady Lions in hitting, on-base percentage and RBIs this year. She was a member of the District 9-1A first-team, a second-team selection on the The Courier/Daily Comet's All-Region softball team and an honorable mention selection on the Class 1A All-State team.
In volleyball, Trujillo earned first-team District 6-V honors. In basketball, she was one of the team's leading scorers.
Trujillo said getting to play two sports in college is a big reason why she chose Presentation College, a NAIA college based in Aberdeen, S.D.
"I'm very excited. I'm blessed to get the opportunity to play two sports," Trujillo said. "My main sport was going to be softball, but the volleyball coach e-mail me and said they had a spot, so I took it."
Covenant's girls' basketball and softball coach Lexie Taylor said she believes Trujillo will be a great contributor at Presentation. The Lady Saints softball team went 19-24 overall last year under coach Erin Dickhauser, while the volleyball team had a 12-18 record under coach Chelsey Albrecht.
"We're very proud of Naomi," Taylor said. "We think this is going to be a great opportunity for her now to get to play volleyball and softball. I think she's going to do a great job. She's going to bring a lot of effort, poise and leadership qualities. I think she's going to do great academically. It's going to give her an opportunity to be successful in the world, so I'm really excited for her. We wish her the best."
Taylor said Trujillo is a very special athlete who is capable of playing any role.
"She's got a great bat (in softball). She can play anywhere on the field," Taylor said. "She was willing to play anything for us. She's a super athlete. They are getting a good athlete and student. It's going to be challenge at first, but once she gets into groove, she'll be successful."
Trujillo, who plans to major in biology and become a marine biologist one day, is the third local athlete to sign with Presentation College this year.
Covenant standout boys' basketball player Datren Williams, who is Trujillo's boyfriend, signed with Presentation last month, and Thibodaux's Natron Nora inked with the college on a boys basketball scholarship.
Trujillo is also the second member of her family to sign a college softball scholarship, joining her sister Moriah, who inked with Jefferson Davis Community College last year. She said she feels accomplished knowing that she is "keeping the family sports tradition" going on the next level.
Trujillo thanked her former teachers and coaches at Covenant for helping her get this chance.
"I just going to go up there and give it my all," Trujillo said. "I just want to thank God for this great opportunity."