Two Fort Bend Christian Academy seniors signed letters of intent to play softball at the collegiate level. To recognize and celebrate their hard work, determination and sacrifice, FBCA hosted a signing ceremony for the athletes.
Tessa Cantrell signed her National Letter of Intent to play Softball for the Washington University Bears, located in St. Louis. Washington University is a member of the University Athletic Association.
“By committing to WashU, Tessa shows that academic options coming out of FBCA are limitless,” Coach Kelly Carroll said. “She is extremely smart on the field and in the classroom, and her intelligence plays a large role in her pitching success. Tessa has excelled in the pitching circle and will definitely make an immediate impact at WashU.”
With more than a decade of softball experience, Tessa has traveled all over the country to play ball, and she lettered the past three years at FBCA. Tessa’s current club team is Impact Gold. One of Tessa’s favorite memories are the bus rides with the FBCA team, especially after big wins. She also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii with the team and winning two state championships with her friends.
Her awards include:
- three-time 1st Team All-District Award winner
- MVP of TAPPS District 7
- 2nd Team All-State her freshman and sophomore years
- 1st Team All-State as a Junior
- Academic All-State the last two seasons
- Named to the 2017 TAPPS State All-Tournament teams in 2016 and 2017
- KPRC Channel 2 Athlete of the Week
- Sugar Land Skeeters Athlete of the Month
“Thank you to Coach Jacoby and Coach Carroll for making me the player I am today,” Tessa said. “Thank you to Coach Bruce for teaching me everything I know about pitching. Thank you to Eagles on the Air and my friends and teammates on the FBCA softball team. Thank you to my parents and brother for having so much patience and encouraging me, and finally, thank you to the best catcher and friend a girl can have—Kati Ray Brown.”
Kati Ray Brown signed her National Letter of Intent to play Softball for the University of Houston Cougars in the American Athletic Conference. Kati Ray has played Softball for 13 years, including two years for the FBCA middle school team, and she has lettered for three years at FBCA. Her Club team is also Impact Gold.
“Kati Ray has bled Cougar red since she was little,” Coach Kelly Carroll said. “She commands the field from behind the plate and scares pitchers when she is at bat. Kati Ray has a great chance of going into UH and earning a starting position. She has the whole package: champion, strong, smart and an amazing leader.
Kati Ray’s favorite memories in softball are winning back-to-back state championships, every College Station tournament, playing her sophomore and junior years in the “Best of the Best” game in Colorado, and finally committing her freshman year to “the best college ever.”
Her awards include:
- 3 time 1st Team All-District,
- 2nd Team All State in 2015,
- 1st Team All-State in 2016 and 2017.
- 2 time TAPPS State All-Tournament Team,
- 2 time Academic All State,
- 2016 TAPPS District MVP and
- 2 time player choice Award at FBCA.
“Thanks to my Mom and Dad for always supporting me and encouraging me through my career,” she said. “Thank you to my sister for encouraging me to play softball. Thank you to my coaches for making me the player I am today. Thanks to God for giving me this talent; all the glory goes to Him. My final special thank you is to Tessa for being my favorite pitcher to catch, and helping me become the catcher I am today.”
For more information about the softball team or other sports at FBCA, visit the athletics page.
Fort Bend Christian Academy is a private, pre-k through grade 12 school located in Sugar Land, Texas. FBCA is a TAPPS 5A school with 26 varsity and junior varsity upper school athletic teams. Athletic Facilities include a football field, track, Field House, weight room, baseball field, softball field, gyms and more.