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Athletics: Van Buren has four to sign letters of intent

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Kelsey Trejo (left) shares a laugh with her mom, Christina Trejo, during Kelsey’s NAIA scholarship signing at Clair Bates Arena on Tuesday. Kelsey Trejo will play soccer for Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D.</p>Buy Photo

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Kelsey Trejo (left) shares a laugh with her mom, Christina Trejo, during Kelsey’s NAIA scholarship signing at Clair Bates Arena on Tuesday. Kelsey Trejo will play soccer for Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D.

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Marla Burgos signs an NAIA national letter of intent to join Southwest Wesleyan University (Central, S.C.) to play soccer while her dad, Israel Burgos, looks on during Tuesday’s ceremony at Clair Bates Arena.</p>

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Marla Burgos signs an NAIA national letter of intent to join Southwest Wesleyan University (Central, S.C.) to play soccer while her dad, Israel Burgos, looks on during Tuesday’s ceremony at Clair Bates Arena.

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Destiny Moses (second from left) finishes signing her national letter of intent to play softball for Ecclesia College in Springdale during a ceremony Wednesday at Clair Bates Arena. Moses, who holds the school record for most games played (with 111 starts) and career at-bats. She is joined by her parents Regita Moses (left) and Rick Moses (second from right), and brother Dustin Moses (right).</p>

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Destiny Moses (second from left) finishes signing her national letter of intent to play softball for Ecclesia College in Springdale during a ceremony Wednesday at Clair Bates Arena. Moses, who holds the school record for most games played (with 111 starts) and career at-bats. She is joined by her parents Regita Moses (left) and Rick Moses (second from right), and brother Dustin Moses (right).

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Andy Turner (second from left) signs his NAIA national letter of intent to join the John Brown University tennis team on Thursday at Clair Bates Arena. Turner, who was the team captain and the school’s No. 2 singles player, is joined by JBU’s coach Paul Pautsch (left), his mom, Kelly Turner (second from right), and dad, David Turner.</p>

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Andy Turner (second from left) signs his NAIA national letter of intent to join the John Brown University tennis team on Thursday at Clair Bates Arena. Turner, who was the team captain and the school’s No. 2 singles player, is joined by JBU’s coach Paul Pautsch (left), his mom, Kelly Turner (second from right), and dad, David Turner.

Van Buren celebrated the end of the school year with four students signing letters of intent to further both their academic and athletic careers.

Kelsey Trejo and Marla Burgos will both continue to play soccer in either South Dakota or South Carolina. Destiny Moses heads to Ecclesia College in Springdale, and Andy Turner will play tennis at John Brown University in Siloam Springs.

Destiny Moses

The Van Buren Lady Pointers begin the 7A tournament today against the winner of the Conway-Heritage contest.

In the past few games Moses has come up with big hits for Van Buren.

“She’s really step up for us at the plate,” said Van Buren coach Andy Williams. “She’s had a few two-out big hits that drove in runs. She’s been in the pressurs situation. Now that she’s done it a couple of times, she knows she can do it again.”

“The coaches have talked to me a lot about that,” said Moses. “I was really motivated to help, because you never know if this is going to be the last chance to bat.”

Moses wasn’t looking to play at the college level.

“It just fell into place and it was a chance, so I might as well play,” Moses said.

Currently, she’s batting a .267 with three home runs and 22 RBIs. Most of which have came in the last three outings.

Of the last 113 games, Moses has started at third base 111 times. She ends her career No. 6 all-time in runs scored, third in hits, fifth in doubles, fifth in homeruns, second in RBIs, fourth in walks, and third in total bases. She also has the school record for games played, career at bats and assists as an infielder.

Moses will join the Sevenstar sisters (Brooke and Shaylee) from Alma at Ecclesia. Brooke is currently a freshman and Shaylee signed with the Royals back in November.

Marla Burgos

Burgos will be joining the South Wesleyan University of Central, S.C. – an NAIA program in the Southern Athletic Conference.

“She’s the heart and soul of our program,” said Van Buren coach Nathan Almond. “She was physical, a leader both in the classroom and on the field. She’s just everything you’re looking for in a leader.”

Almond said that Burgos possessed a unique combination of size and speed.

“Marla was more of a basketball player when she joined the team,” Almond said. “She has worked really hard and has really good skill techniques. I think that (South Wesleyan) recognize that.”

Kelsey Trejo

Trejo signed with Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. – an NAIA member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

“Kelsey has played all her life and she has developed a good team player,” said Almond. “She’s had to sacrifice and not play the position she wanted, but play where the team needed her.”

Trejo normally lines up as a center midfielder, but played center defender this season for the Lady Pointers.

Andy Turner

Turner became the first Van Buren Pointer to sign a college scholarship to join the Eagles in the NAIA’s Sooner Athletic Conference.

John Brown University was on the top of Turner’s list from the beginning.

“It’s a great academic school,” Turner said. “To play tennis in college wasn’t really a goal of mine until much later in high school. It wasn’t something I originally thought I could do when I first started to play.”

Turner only began playing tennis when he was 14 and has put in the extra time on his own.

“He’s put a lot of time in the weight room and he’s worked on his own to get better,” said Van Buren tennis coach Brandy Mosby. “He’s a great kid. Works hard and makes good grades.”

Turner finished the year as Van Buren’s No. 2 singles player and captain of the team. He was the recipient of the Pointer Award.

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