The next step

These four Del Rio High School seniors took part in a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate their signing with colleges to play athletics. Pictured, from left, are Hector Arrañaga (golf, Howard Payne), David Tellez (soccer, Our Lady of Lake University), Moises Escajeda (basketball, Howard Payne) and Anthony Maldonado (baseball, University of Dallas).

Four more members of the Del Rio High School athletic family signed letters of intent Wednesday to continue playing sports at the collegiate level.

Seniors Hector Arrañaga, Moises “Mo” Escajeda, Anthony Maldonado and David Tellez took part in a signing ceremony inside the Carl P. Guys Memorial Gymnasium in front of friends, family, teammates and coaches.

Arrañaga signed to play golf for Howard Payne University. Escajeda signed to play basketball with Howard Payne University. Maldonado signed to play baseball for the University of Dallas. Tellez signed to play soccer for Our Lady of the Lake University.

Those four student-athletes up the total number of Del Rio seniors to sign for athletics to six. They join Guy Creamer, who signed to play football for Hardin-Simmons University, and Isabelle Gonzalez, who signed to run cross-country and compete in track and field for Bellevue University in Nebraska. That duo participated in a signing ceremony in February.

San Felipe Del Rio CISD Athletic Director said there could be two more student-athletes signing soon, but he was unsure as to the timetable when that ceremony would take place.

Smith saluted the four signees for not just being able to reach the next level, but for maintaining their grades to make them more viable for colleges and universities.

“Why invest $15-$20,000 a year on somebody and them not be able to make the grade and stay in college. So academics is the key,” Smith said.

Del Rio High School Principal Dr. Jose Perez also addressed the signees and those in attendance, emphasizing that their success was a product of not just their hard work but also in due part to the people around them.

“The success of the student falls on them of course but also on the the people that surround them,” Perez said. “Your success will hopefully will also be their success.”

In the past Smith has explained that students who go off to college open doors for the underclassmen to follow. Del Rio student-athletes have previously signed to play sports for both Howard Payne University and Our Lady of the Lake University, Maldonado becomes the first Del Rio student-athlete to sign to play at the University of Dallas.

“We’re looking at you guys as role models. We’re looking at you guys as leaders and I know that’s what you’re going to go on to do once you leave high school and go off to college,” Perez added.

Editor’s note: The News-Herald will feature each signee in their own article beginning in Tuesday’s edition.

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