McALLEN – The Southland Conference named Abilene Christian University catcher Luis Treviño the 2019 Player of the Year, and he was voted first team all-conference by the Southland’s coaches and sports information directors.

The prodigious redshirt senior’s .408 batting average was tops in the Div. I Southland Conference and ranked seventh in all of NCAA Div. I. Treviño, a Sharyland High product, also led the Southland in slugging, OBP and RBIs. For the 2019 season, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder had 78 hits, 15 home runs and 63 RBIs in 191 at bats.

He also led the conference in walks, while striking out just 15 times. Treviño, a junior college transfer from Navarro, helped ACU to its best record (26-26) since joining the Southland in 2014. Even more remarkable, the former Rattler came back from Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2018 season.

Perhaps his best game in 2019 was against the University of New Orleans on May 3 when Treviño went 4 for 4 with three home runs and four RBIs. In the field in 2019, the catcher committed just two errors in 182 chances. He also threw out 13 of 33 runners attempting to steal. The Southland includes schools such as Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and University of the Incarnate Word.


Concordia University senior softball infielder Haley Dennett earned all-conference for the third time in her four-year career at the Austin school. The Edinburg North product was superb atop the lineup, batting a team-high .365 with 19 runs scored, eight doubles, 17 RBIs and was 6 for 8 on the base paths.

She also picked up Div. III American Southwest Conference second-team honors in 2018 and honorable mention in 2016.


La Joya Palmview graduate Felipe Valencia closed out his decorated career at the University of Houston with a 26th-place finish in the shot-put with a toss of 60 feet, 3 inches (18.36) at the NCAA West Regionals. In the shot, Valencia leaves as a three-time NCAA West Region Qualifier, two-time American Athletic Conference Indoor Champion, 2019 American outdoor champion, and five-time conference medalist.

Valencia’s top throw at the collegiate level was 61-4.24 at the 2018 American Conference outdoor meet but managed just a silver medal. However, he was crowned champion this season and qualified for the NCAA West Regional. The 5-foot-7 Valencia, who graduated from Palmview in 2014, is a two-time high school state champion and majored in Kinesiology.


Alvin Community College outfielder Dylan Dougherty helped lead the Dolphins to a 31-25 overall record and to the NJCCA Region XIV Tournament where the team went 1-1. Dougherty, a Hidalgo High alum, finished the season with the team’s second highest batting average at .328, and it is among the top 10 in the conference of JUCO’s including Blinn, Galveston and Laredo.

In 128 bats, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Dougherty scattered 42 hits – including 14 doubles and scored 32 runs. He also walked 22 times. In the outfield, the sophomore converted 47 of 50 chances and committed just three errors in 35 games played.


Vanessa Garces, an Edinburg North product, earned NJCAA Region XIV softball first-team status with her 2019 performance on the field. Garces, a freshman, led Coastal Bend College with 40 scored runs and 17 stolen bases (ranks 149th nationally) on the season while batting .366 (second on the team) at the plate, collecting 56 hits. She played in 48 games, had 153 at bats and took 15 bases on balls.

Garces, a center fielder, had 80 putouts on the year and committed only five errors for a .944 fielding percentage. The former all-district player helped lead Coastal Bend College, which is in Beeville, to its first winning season with a 26-24 record. The team also won 11 conference games.