There are so many great athletes in Pasadena ISD. VYPE highlights five athletes from the Padadena ISD softball diamond in this edition of The Stars of Pasadena ISD powered by Texas Citizens Bank.
Leslie Longoria, Dobie Softball
Dobie's Leslie Longoria has been wielding a mighty bat since she's been on varsity. The left-handed hitter has come up clutch time and time again for the Longhorns and was hitting at a .429 clip before the season was cut short. She was named a first-team, all-district pick for her play in 2020.
Yazmin Rutiaga, Pasadena Softball
Yazmin Rutiaga of Pasadena has worked hard in the classroom and on the diamond. She was an all-district selection since stepping into the Eagle dugout. Ratiaga was a first-teamer this year. The senior is headed to Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Anabella Valadez, Pasadena Memorial
While the season was just getting started, Pasadena Memorial was trying to again dominate the district. Anabella Valadez started off strong on the mound and was named to the first-team, all-district team in the shortened season.
Jordan Monsevais, Sam Rayburn
Jordan Monsevais is a silky-smooth shortstop for Sam Rayburn. She's quick around the bases as well. The junior was a first-team selection in 2020 and also doubles as an athletic trainer for the football team.
Katie Lerma, South Houston
Katie Lerma of South Houston is one of the school's Who's Who candidates. She stars for the Lady Trojan softball team but also is in the honor curriculum at SOHO. Lerma earned all-district honors for District 22-6A.
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It is awards season here at VYPE!
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2020 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over the next two weeks we will be unveiling winners for team and coach of the year awards and the finalists for the player of the year awards.
The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday, May 31 at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website and Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page! It will be an event to get dressed up for and to tune in to as it will be an evening full of special moments!
Let us get it started! Here is the VYPE Hall of Famers for the Class of 2020.
Kassidy Cook, The Woodlands, Diving
Yes, Kassidy Cook won UIL state diving in 2012, but she had her eye on much larger podiums. The Woodlands Highlander was already on the international circuit participating in the Junior World Championships and Pan American Games. Cook went on to dive at Stanford, where she graduated in 2018. She missed the Olympics in 2012 by .42 points but participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Cook was training for the 2020 Olympics before the pandemic.
Mike Evans, Galveston Ball, Basketball/Football
Mike Evans was a basketball stud. He happened to play football at Galveston Ball his senior year and the rest is history. While he averaged 18 points per game for the Tor basketball team and ran track, Evans future was football. He starred for Texas A&M and earned All-SEC and All-American first-team honors. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucs with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 draft and is three-time All-Pro.
Dustin Garrison, Pearland, Running Back
The lineage at Pearland at the running back position is historic. Fozzy Whitaker got it started followed by Casey Carrier. Then came Dustin Garrison, who would lead the Oilers to their first and only football state title in 2010. He rushed for nearly 2,500 yards and 44 TDs that year, winning the TD Club Offensive Player of the Year Award. He then went on to West Virginia where he had a solid career at RB.
Paige McDuffee, The Woodlands, Softball
Paige McDuffee was one of the most dominant forces in Houston high school softball history. McDuffie led The Woodlands Highlanders to the 2011 state title and were crowned National Champions. She was the Gatorade National Player of the Year, going 37-1. She was ESPN Rise Ms. Softball, MaxPreps National Player of the Year and the Class 5A MVP. She went on to play at UCLA for legendary coach Kelly Inouye-Perez, before coaching at Dartmouth and Texas State.
Daniel Mengden, Westside, Baseball
Daniel Mengden is more than his famous moustache. The Westside Wolves pitcher was a three-time District 20-5A MVP for his exploits. The HISD product was an Aflac All-American who signed to play college ball at Texas A&M. While with the Aggies, he earned All-SEC utility player honors and was named to the All-SEC defensive team. Mengden was named to the USA Baseball National Collegiate Team in 2013. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft and made his debut in 2016 for the Oakland As. He and has over 35 decisions so far.
Wayne Taylor, Memorial, Football/Baseball
Wayne Taylor was Mr. Houston in 2010-11. He led the Memorial Mustangs on a deep playoff run in football as the QB racked up 3,400 yards and 31 TDs. He was the District MVP and all-state selection. Taylor then went on to punish the baseball and was the 2011 Texas Baseball Player of the Year and a Collegiate Baseball All-American as a catcher. Taylor went to Stanford where he was a clutch performer in the postseason.
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