4 San Juan County athletes sign letters of intent

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com
  • PV's Elijah Gamboa signed with UNM football with hopes of making an impact on the Lobos' offense.
  • Aztec first baseman Sarrah Jones will join teammate Paige Adair at Pima Community College.
  • Piedra Vista's Paris Chee will run for the Vaqueras at Central Arizona College next season.
  • PV's Jason Compton will bring size and athleticism to the wide receiving corps at WNMU.

FARMINGTON — Last week, four San Juan County high school athletes signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the college level.

Piedra Vista's Elijah Gamboa, center, signs a letter of intent to play football for the University of New Mexico on Feb. 27 at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

Gamboa inks with UNM football

Piedra Vista's Elijah Gamboa signed with the University of New Mexico for football on Feb. 27 at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

Gamboa, a running back turned quarterback on offense and a defensive back at PV, was recruited as an athlete and expects to play on the offensive side of the ball for the Lobos.

"They want me more on the offensive side and to get the ball in my hands," Gamboa said. "They want me to work on my speed and maybe be a slot receiver or even a running back at certain times."

He said he chose to play for the Lobos as a walk-on, rather than take scholarship offers from Division II or junior college programs, because he wants the chance to prove himself at the highest level possible.

Gamboa plans to major in the sciences with career path toward physical therapy.

Aztec's Sarrah Jones signs a letter of intent to play softball for Pima Community College on Feb. 28 at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.

Jones to join top JC softball program

Aztec first baseman Sarrah Jones is heading to one of the best junior college softball programs in the nation after signing with Pima Community College on Feb. 28 at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.

Jones picked playing at Pima over other programs because of what the school offers academically.

"I was looking at Fort Lewis (College) and other schools, but they didn't have anything to offer me academically," Jones said. "(Pima's) academics really spoke to me because it can help me further my career in interior design. I can get my fine arts degree at Pima where other schools didn't offer that."

As a junior, Jones played in all 34 games for the Lady Tigers. She served as the No. 2 hitter in the lineup and finished the season with a .418 batting average and was second on the team in runs scored (45) and stolen bases (7).

Piedra Vista's Jason Compton, center, signs a letter of intent to play football for Western New Mexico University on Feb. 27 at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

Compton picks Mustangs football

Piedra Vista wide receiver Jason Compton signed with Western New Mexico University on Feb. 27 at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

At 6-foot-4, Compton could provide the Mustangs with a big target that could be a difference maker for the offense, especially in the red zone.

"What really got me interested (in WNMU) was their offense. They're more of a passing offense and my size as a 6-4 receiver helps," Compton said. "(The coaches) really like my height. Normally when they get receivers down there, they're smaller and quicker guys, so I think my size can make a difference."

Compton plans to major in the sciences at WNMU and said he wants to work as a forensic scientist after college.

Chee headed to Central Arizona

Piedra Vista's Paris Chee, a standout distance runner for the Lady Panthers' cross-country and track teams, signed her letter of intent to run for Central Arizona College on Wednesday at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

Paris Chee headshot

Chee said she wants to use CAC, a junior college, as a stepping stone for both her athletic and academic careers and hopes she will be able to move to a Division I program after a couple of years running for the Vaqueras.

"What attracted me the most is their history of running," Chee said. "They started off with a couple of girls like me, and they went on to Division I programs."

PV track coach Mark Turner said he believes Chee can earn a spot with a Division I program after spending a couple of years at the junior college level.

Chee plans to major in nursing and hopes to have a career in obstetrics.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.