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Colton Parrish to play for Blinn College

Colton Parrish to play for Blinn College
LVISD La Vernia senior Colton Parrish signs his letter of intent to attend school and play baseball for Blinn College. He is joined by (from left) Coach Harvey McIntyre; father, David Parrish; brother, Easton Parrish, Coach Jordan Kopycinski; mother, Jara Parrish; brother, Peyton Parrish; and Coach Jonathon Ogden.

When he graduates this spring, La Vernia High School senior Colton Parrish will make a short move up to Brenham, where he will attend school and play baseball for Blinn College.

The choices were plentiful for the talented senior catcher, but the offer and opportunity from Blinn stood out from options received from Texas State University, the University of the Incarnate Word, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and others. Colton enjoyed his visit to the Blinn campus, and said he is looking forward to the move. He is also looking forward to having the opportunity to be out on his own.

Still, Colton admits he will miss plenty about La Vernia and La Vernia High School. In addition to playing baseball, Colton was also a member of the Bear football team, and he said his time spent playing with the Bears on Friday nights is at the very top of the list of things he will miss.

“I’m going to miss all my great teammates, too,” he added.

The Bear baseball team is starting the season with a high state ranking, and La Vernia has a better-than-average chance to win it all. To grab that state title, though, Colton believes the team has to become more disciplined.

“We have to cut down on mental mistakes,” he said. “We need to spend more time focusing on situations, rather than just rolling through the motions of hitting and fielding in practice.”

After wearing a varsity Bears uniform since his freshman year of high school, Colton has certainly made many memories at La Vernia. His most memorable game, however, came during his sophomore year. The Bears were playing La Grange, and Colton stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a grand slam. He was on top of the world, but then felt it come crashing down. Unfortunately, the Bears lost the game. La Grange went on to win the state title that season, and for Colton, it was a constant reminder of the good and the bad.

Along the way, Colton has earned plenty of accolades, beginning with his first varsity season as a freshman when he was named second-team all-district at catcher. As a sophomore, Colton earned all-tournament team honors at the Floresville and Navarro tournaments, and was later named as a first-team all-district catcher. Following his junior season campaign, he was once again named first-team all-district, as well as All-State honorable mention. He was also a Texas Select All-Star Showcase nominee.

With his senior season right around the corner, there is still plenty of excitement. In addition to Colton being named as a Region IV “Player to Watch,” the Bears are starting the season ranked among the top 10 teams in the state. Colton has a number of goals for his senior season, as well, including his No. 1 goal of being “a better leader.” He wants to continue to improve, and to play his own game not letting others get into his head. Of course winning district, regional, and state titles would be icing on the cake.

“I am very proud of Colton and all that he has accomplished,” said Bear Head Coach Adam Borgfeld. “He has been an important part of the La Vernia Bears baseball team. We wish him continued success in the future.”

When he isn’t playing baseball or football, or running track for the Bears, Colton enjoys working on his art and listening to music.

At Blinn, Colton plans to major in kinesiology or sports therapy. He wants to continue working in the sports arena, and around athletes, as he moves beyond his playing days.

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