Girls soccer goalkeeper Angie Ojeda, boys soccer defender Miguel Baca and swimmer Jonathan Austin will all be taking their talents to the next level.
The three, as well as multiple other Red Demon athletes, all signed or announced their commitments to compete in college athletics on Wednesday.
Ojeda committed to play soccer at Kansas State, where she’ll join a young Wildcats program only entering its third season. K-State Soccer had its first season in 2016. Overall, their cumulative record through two seasons is 11-20-3. Last season was their first as members of the Big 12 Conference after having played their first season without conference affiliation. They are 1-8-0 in conference play.
“I’m hoping that I could be able to make a difference in such a young program,” Ojeda said.
Her role as a goalkeeper makes that opportunity especially important.
“As a goalkeeper you have to be a big leader and set an example for the rest of the people,” Ojeda said.
She wasn’t the only Red Demon to sign with an NCAA level school. Former Gatorade Player of the Year Miguel Baca committed to play soccer with Division 2 Fort Hays State University.
The Fort Hays State Tigers finished last season 11-6-2, losing in the third round of the Division 2 Men’s Soccer Bracket by a score of 2-1 last season.
Baca said the program’s strength was part of the reason he wanted to sign there, as was the coach.
“The coach was very friendly,” Baca said.
When he went on his official visit, the campus was really nice.
“It was a good pick for me,” Baca said.
His primary focus is helping the team however possible, but Baca said he also hopes to earn a starting-spot next year.
Baca is going to a well-established soccer program, and Ojeda going to one getting off the ground, but one person who has helped set the foundation for a team already is Jonathan Austin, a swimmer of the Red Demons boys swim team.
Austin committed to swim at Tabor College, located in Hillsboro, Kansas about three hours east and just south of Abilene, Kansas.
The Red Demons boys swim team is only in its second-season this year. One of the key members of that team has been Austin, who swam a state consideration time in the 50-meter freestyle back on Jan. 4, 2018.
Austin said it feels good to know he’ll be swimming in college.
“I’ve been swimming since I was eight years old, so basically for as long as I can remember,” Austin said. “So I can’t imagine myself not swimming in some way. I’m glad that I get to participate at the collegiate level.”
Like Baca, Austin said his campus visit went well.
“I went on a campus visit sometime around November I think and just had a really great time. Felt very welcome,” Austin said.
He looks forward to being around the guys and the feel of the campus, he said.
Other Red Demons who signed included:
- Luz Lopez signed to run cross country at Dodge City Community College
- Mariah Reyes signed to play soccer at Butler County Community College
- Aimee Ortiz signed to play soccer at Dodge City Community College
- Kenia Melendez signed to play soccer at Dodge City Community College
- Pancho Cayetano signed to play soccer at Dodge City Community College
- Joshua Don Juan signed to play soccer at Dodge City Community College
- Mario Martinez signed to play soccer at Dodge City Community College
- Cesar Alvarez signed to play soccer at Dodge City Community College