On May 22nd, 6 Tigers will be signing their National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers. It is through hard work and dedication that these athletes have earned the chance to play at the next level. Gracie Green & Yuli Cruz for soccer, Marques Aguilar for football, Jerrisha Rice for Basketball Kaylee Hausam & Sela Anderson for Track & Field will be signing on Wednesday. We hope you can join us as we celebrate these athletes accomplishments. The ceremony will take place at 5:ooPM in the Belton Athletic Complex Weight Room.
Gracie Green – University of Mary Hardin Baylor – Soccer
Gracie will be continuing her soccer career by playing for the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in the fall of 2019. The Lady Cru soccer team continues to be the top team in the American Southwest Conference, and Gracie will be a great addition to their team.
Gracie is an outstanding student athlete having been an Academic All-State and All-District soccer player all four years of her high school career. She ended on a great note by adding a 2nd District Championship to an already impressive high school soccer resume. Gracie was also a starter all four years and will carry that experience and leadership on to UMHB.
Gracie’s abilities and experience as a goal keeper really helped solidify the defensive unit for Lady Tiger Soccer this season. She has truly had an outstanding career and accomplished so much in her time with the Lady Tiger Soccer team.
Coach Bersoza says, “It has been pure joy coaching Gracie this year. Gracie is a kid who is very passionate about her team and soccer. She has a huge heart for Lady Tiger Soccer and it was evident all the way through to her last game. Gracie is a great kid to coach, and an outstanding teammate that I hope our underclassman will aspire to be like. I am glad that Gracie decided to continue her soccer career and even more excited that it will be at UMHB where we can watch her play. Gracie will be a tremendous asset at UMHB. Go Cru!”
Congratulations to Gracie on this milestone achievement, and Lady Tiger Soccer wishes her the best at UMHB.
Yuli Cruz – University of Mary Hardin Baylor – Soccer
Yuli will continue her soccer career by her commitment to play at Mary Hardin-Baylor. Lady Cru Soccer continues to make strides in becoming one of the best D3 programs in the state. Cru Soccer has consistently made the ASC tournament and regionally ranked every year. Yuli is joining a great soccer program.
Yuli is a very committed student athlete who received Academic All-District and Academic All-State honors this year. Yuli is a First Team All-District player who played significant minutes for Lady Tiger Soccer this season. Yuli scored 4 goals and had 4 assists as a defensive center midfielder.
In addition to being a distinguished soccer player, Yuli also ran Cross Country. Yuli’s decision to run cross country further exemplifies her grit and desire as a competitor.
Coach Bersoza says, “Yuli is a great player but an even better kid! Yuli’s humble and respectful personality will be missed. As a player, Yuli was calmness the team needed in possession yet vocal and demanding when she wanted the ball. Her experience, vision, and ability really made her a vital player for the Lady Tiger Soccer team. I am glad Yuli is also playing at UMHB so that we can watch her regularly. I am certain Yuli will have an exceptional career at UMHB, and I wish Yuli the best of luck.”
Years of hard work have paid off! Congratulations Yuli, and blessings as you begin this next step in your life! UMHB is getting a good player who is still driven to get better every day!
Marques Aguilar – University of Mary Hardin Baylor – Football
Marques Aguilar was a running back for the Belton Tigers Varsity football team in 2018. Marques rushed for 578 yards and 9 touchdowns along with catching 12 passes for 78 yards and 1 touchdown. He was voted 12-6A Honorable Mention All-District.
Marques overcame an injury his junior year to be ready to for an outstanding senior year. He worked tirelessly on the track and in the weight room to be ready for a great senior year. He was also a 2 year varsity letterman in track competing in the sprint events.
Marques wasn’t the biggest guy in stature, but his heart was as big as any one on the field. He always played with relentless effort. “Everyday Marques came to practice with a smile on his face. He got better each week and was someone that we counted on. He left it out on the field every play and I can say that he will be missed next year. I can’t wait to see what Marques is going to do in the future. I fully expect him to not only have success at UMHB but also be very successful in life.” Coach Cope
Congratulations Marques we are proud of you.
Kaylee Hausam – Harding University – Track & Field
The Belton Lady Tiger track and Powerlifting teams would like to acknowledge KAYLEE HAUSAM for her outstanding performances in track and field and powerlifting.
Kaylee competed in Powerlifting for the Lady Tigers for consecutive seasons. Each season, she qualified for state in the 259 weight class, placing top 10 in 2017 and 2018, and finishing top 5 in 2019. Her personal best for this season was 1,035 total pounds lifted. She was an outstanding leader in powerlifting, and her contributions will be greatly missed.
Kaylee also exceeded in track and field. Kaylee was a 4-year letterman for the Lady Tigers. She is a 2018 discus state qualifier where she placed 7th, and a 3-time regional qualifier. Her personal best discus throw was at Lancaster in 2019, where she threw 141’ 1.” Kaylee also excelled in shot put this year when she qualified for regionals. She had a personal best of 37’ 2 ¾” in 2019, 3 feet further than any previous year. Kaylee has served as a leader for the Lady Tiger track team for 4 years, and has been a fierce competitor in the areas of shot and discus. Kaylee was an important point-earner for the team, and contributed quality points to the Lady Tiger’s 2019 District 12-6A Track Championship. She also was the recipient of the 2019 “Field MVP” award.
Kaylee’s leadership will be missed, but the Lady Tigers thank her and wish her luck as she continues her track and field career at Harding University in Arkansas.
Sela Anderson – Southwestern College – Track & Field
The Belton Cross Country and Lady Tiger Track teams would like to thank SELA ANDERSON for her outstanding leadership and contributions to the sports of cross country and track and field. Sela was a 4-year letterman in both cross country and track, and has been a true leader in both sports.
During her 4 years competing for the Lady Tiger cross country team, Sela helped her team achieve 4 district titles, and 4 regional qualifier meets. Sela placed 4th in the 2018 District 12-6A cross country championships, leading the Lady Tiger Cross Country team to an overall District Championship and regional cross country berth. At regionals in 2018, Sela placed 76th out of 183 runners, running her personal best 5K time of 20:04.
In Track and Field, Sela was an important point-earner all four years for the Lady Tigers. She competed in the 100 and 300 hurdles, as well as the Mile Relay. Her personal best in the 100 hurdles came this year at Big Red Relays, where she ran a blazing 15.12. Her personal best in the 300 hurdles came in 2017, as she clocked a 43.34. Sela was an outstanding leader in track, demonstrating her leadership skills through hard work, dedication, and putting the team first. She was the recipient of the 2019 “Fighting Heart Award” for her season-long perseverance.
Amidst all the athletic accolades and accomplishments, one of the most remarkable things about Sela is her perseverance. While running cross country and track, she also powerlifted, was a BHS “No Place For Hate” ambassador, the yearbook editor, and worked two part time jobs on the side, all while keeping her grades high. This is a true testament to what a student-athlete should be.
Sela will be continuing her cross country and track and field career at Southwestern College in Kansas. The Lady Tiger Track and Cross Country teams, as well as the staff, wish her luck on her future athletic career.
Jerrisha Rice – ASU Mid-South – Basketball
Risha is a 2 year Belton varsity player. Her stats do not reflect what she brought to the basketball program during her Belton career. Risha was instrumental in the success that we had during the last 4 years with her work ethic, enthusiasm, loyalty, and determination. She wasn’t always in the starting line up but would work hard to improve the success of the team.
Team was first with Risha and she tried multiple ways to encourage the team to reach team potential. She was a great role player and would contribute with her unselfish attitude.
Arkansas State University Mid-South is getting a player that understands the concept of team and Risha will show toughness, dedication, and responsibility to better herself and team. We are happy that she has the opportunity to reach her goal playing at the next level and wish her all the success.