PROSPER — Prosper High School added four more athletes to the list of collegiate pledges on Tuesday, April 11 during Spring Signing Day.
“We are very proud of our student athletes who have signed on to be a collegiate athlete next year,” Prosper Athletic Director Valerie Little said. “We are constantly recognizing our students for both their academic and athletic successes so we could not be more excited when they are able to grow in both areas at the next level.”
Mackenzie Hewitt of the girls basketball team, Kaleb Adams of the football and boys basketball team, Alyssa Alvarez of the girls wrestling team and Jade Hinds of the girls track team all signed the National Letter of Intent to continue their sport and academic careers in college.
Hewitt, who is a senior, will be attending Yale University in the fall to play basketball. In her four year career, the team has averaged 26 wins with her playing point guard. During her senior year at Prosper High School, Hewitt was named to the First Team All-District, Academic All-State Team and All-Regional Team. She helped lead one of the most remarkable teams in school history in a season in which the program recorded the first ever undefeated district season and nearly defeated the No. 3 in the state in the third round of the playoffs.
“Mackenzie is a huge reason we have become a successful program,” head girls basketball coach Trey Rachal said. “She has known nothing but success since she walked into the PHS… Yale is getting a special player as well as a tremendous student.”
Kaleb Adams will be attending Carroll College to play football following graduation. He was named the 2017 District 14-5A Co-MVP for his impressive senior campaign. In addition to leading the district in rushing yards (1,651 on 220 attempts), he averaged 7.5 yards per carry and scored 30 touchdowns. He also had 14 receptions for 282 receiving yards, averaging 20.1 yards per catch. During his four years at Prosper, Adams also was a member of the basketball team.
“I can’t say enough good things about Kaleb,” head football coach Brandon Schmidt said about Adam’s signing. “Kaleb is an exceptional athlete, but an even better person. Carroll college has a great program, and I think he will accomplish big things there.”
After completing one of the best careers of any wrestler at Prosper High, Alyssa Alvarez will be taking her talents to Schreiner University to continue her wrestling career. She made school history at the Region II 5A Tournament this year by becoming the first wrestler to be named a three-time regional champion for Prosper. She then followed her regional performance with her third straight State finish, placing third in the 215 pound weight class. Additionally, she capped her high school career by winning the USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals last month.
“Alvarez will wrestle for Coach Jewel at Schreiner, which is a new collegiate wrestling program and [one of the only] official collegiate wrestling programs in Texas,” head wrestling coach Sion King said. “I’m confident that she will flourish at the next level because of her character and work ethic.”
Rounding out the group is track athlete Jade Hinds, who will be attending the University of California at Los Angeles. During her time with Prosper, she build up quite the resume, which grabbed the attention of big college scouts such as UCLA. In her inaugural season with the Eagles, Hinds set the record in the 4x100 meter relay and was named the 2015 Girls Track and Field Newcomer of the Year, which set the standard for her success in the years that followed. She was named the team captain her junior year, but just weeks before the District Meet, Hinds suffered what was thought to be a career-ending injury. Through persistence, however, she is in the process of making a full recovery and will be attending her dream school.
In addition to her high school accolades, Hinds was also named the USATF Junior Olympic National Champion in the 4x4 meter relay and Bronze medalist in the 4x100 meter relay, and the Southwest Indoor Zone 400 meter dash champion in 2015. She added another Bronze medal in 2016 at the AAU Junior Olympics for the 4x100 meter relay.
“We are extremely proud and excited for Jade,” said head track and field coach Jennifer Gegogeine. “Her persistence through adversity shows her tenacity and never give up mentality. We know she is going to make UCLA proud.”
The four join the 24 other student athletes that signed on National Signing Day back in February. The number is the largest group of students to sign from Prosper High.