Saturday, August 24, 2019
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On Wednesday, two students from both of Sharyland’s high schools signed letters of intent to their respective colleges, signaling the beginning of their post-secondary education.

Johnny Lugo, a senior at Pioneer High School, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play baseball for the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. On the other side of the district, Sharyland High School student Jun Min “Jimmy” Lee signed a letter to play golf at Texas A&M
University in College Station.

20181114 JohnnyLugoAs a baseball player at Pioneer, Lugo has hit a career average of .411, 35 RBI, 46 runs scored, 22 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs. His recognitions include being named 31-5A Offensive Player of the Year during his junior season and 1st Team All-District Designated Hitter during his sophomore season.

“He’s the kind of kid who keeps busting his tail every day a true team player who always gives 110 percent,” head Pioneer Baseball Coach Casey Smith said at Lugo’s signing. “It will be neat watching him at UTRGV where he will continue to work and improve himself.”

For Lugo, attending UTRGV is a tradition. His two older siblings are students there and his father and grandfather are alumni of the university before it became UTRGV.

Lugo’s grandfather, Jose, was a baseball player for the university.

“It’s been a lot of work getting here and making sure I’m where I am today,” Lugo said at the signing. He said he plans to major in business as a UTRGV student. “Even though I’ll be in college I’ll still work to improve myself.”

Lee, a senior at SHS, also plans to major in business as he continues his athletic career. His accomplishments include being named RGV Sports’ All-Valley Golfer of the Year in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He is a three-year letter winner, three time regional qualifier and a 2018 regional champion.

“He’s a team player who will do anything to help a teammate out,” Sharyland Head Golf Coach Ashley Garza said. “He’s truly a phenomenal player.”

20181114 JimmyLeeHis parents, Youngmi Park and Kuy Cheol Lee, proudly spoke of their son during the signing.

“It’s wonderful, its good news he got accepted and we are so happy,” Park said. “He’s always working hard and studying a lot and now it’s been worth it for this day.”
During the signing, Lee thanked his friends, family and coaches for the support they’ve provided to him over the years. He also had one piece of advice to other student athletes.

“In a word, determination,” Lee said. “That’s all it comes down to, you have to have a determined mind to work, wake up at 5 a.m. to work out and practice, go to school, practice some more and work out, it’s my entire life.”