Trista Strasser – Vollyeball
M-I-Z! Z-O-U! Will be the battle cry next fall for Hays High senior volleyball middle blocker Trista Strasser after she signed her Letter of Intent to play at the University of Missouri at Columbia! Strasser, a multi-sport athlete who competes in both volleyball and girls basketball, put ink to paper during a Nov. 11 National Signing Day ceremony at Bales Gym. Missouri is a Division I volleyball program, currently ranked No. 8 in the AVCA Collegiate Volleyball poll, that plays in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Joining Strasser were family and friends, along with Hays High head volleyball coach Ashley Davis and head girls basketball coach Danny Preuss. Over the course of her three year varsity career at Hays, Strasser has accumulated numerous honors including being named to the 25-6A first team in 2019, as well as her selection to the 2020 American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) All-Region team.
Lily Guevara – Basketball
The Super CenTex (Central Texas) region will be where Hays High senior basketball player Lily Guevara calls home next year. On Nov. 11, Guevara signed her letter of intent to continue her basketball career at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton. UMHB is a Division III school that plays in the American Southwest Conference (ASC). Joining Guevara in a National Signing Day ceremony was the Hays High girls basketball coaching staff, led by head coach Danny Preuss, and many of Guevara’s teammates and friends. Guevara, who began her fourth year at the varsity level this week, has earned numerous postseason accolades including being named as a first team selection to the 2019-20 25-6A All District team. During her junior campaign, Guevara became one of a handful of Hays High girls basketball players to eclipse the 1,000 point barrier.
Chance Baker, Josh Zapata, Tyler Cooper – Baseball
Central Texas will continue to be the home for a trio of Hays High senior baseball players after they signed their National Letters of Intent to play at the collegiate level. Hays High infielder Chance Baker, pitcher Tyler Cooper and outfielder Josh Zapata all participated in a National Signing Day ceremony held at Bales Gym. Nov. 11 is the first day for student-athletes in most sports to sign their letters of intent to play at the next level. Baker, a two-year letterman with the
Hays baseball team, signed on to play at Baylor University in Waco, a member school of the Big XII Conference. Cooper, a pitcher and three-year letter winner, signed with Texas State University in San Marcos, which plays in the Sun Belt Conference. Zapata, a two-year letterwinner, signed to play at Navarro College in Corsicana, which plays in the Southwest Junior College Conference in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Joining the trio were numerous family members, fellow teammates and Hays High head baseball coach James Howard.