Two Shiprock baseball players sign college letters


KIRTLAND – Kirtland Central's Haile Gleason has a knack for hitting clutch 3-pointers on the basketball court, and she expects to bring that extra punch to Pima Community College's offense.

"I take pride in and have confidence in my 3-point shooting," Gleason said after signing with Pima's women's basketball program today via athletic scholarship.

Gleason said Pima, a National Junior College Athletic Association team located in Tuscon, Arizona, sought extra outside shooting help because a high number of its shooters graduated from the program after last season.

Gleason, who was named to 5A's First All-State team for 2017-2018, averaged 10.9 points per game and shot 30 percent from beyond the arc.

"The 3-point shot has become really sought after (by recruiters). She brings that right away," former coach John Zecca said. "It's going to open up that driving lane. If you're making a lot of 3s, (defenders) are going to come running at you faster. She also has a knack for getting open. She can get her shot off with not a whole lot of room."

Gleason said she looks to keep improving her ball-handling at the next level and build a quicker release into her shot. On defense, Gleason said she looks to get to her spots faster.

Gleason, who has extended family in Phoenix, said she hopes to eventually transfer to an NCAA Division I or Division II program after a year or two at Pima.

Shiprock baseball duo signs letters today

Dylan Begay joined Luna Community College in Las Vegas, New Mexico, while Aarwin Chee signed with Scotland Campus, an international Christian boarding school in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Scotland Campus will begin its inaugural baseball season this fall.

Begay and Chee, both of whom signed via athletic scholarships, were a combined 11-4 with 116 strikeouts in their senior seasons pitching for the Chietains.