Three more Western Nevada College student athletes have committed to play for university programs in 2012. Pitchers Kody Gorden and Tony Guerra, and second baseman Jonathan Sigado are the newest signees among eight 2011 Wildcats baseball players who are moving up to the university level.
Kody Gorden has signed to play for the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack. Gorden is a Nevada native hailing from Cimarron High School in Las Vegas. He was rewarded by the D-I offer after an outstanding sophomore season where he was named to the NCJAA Region 18 second team as a starting pitcher.
Coach DJ Whittemore recalled some of Gorden's highlights: "In 2010, Kody pitched against the best teams in the Western District and consistently gave our team a chance to win. This season, when the biggest game of the year arrived, Kody delivered big time, pitching us into the Region 18 title game by beating Salt Lake."
Gorden will become the ninth Wildcat to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno from Western. Others include Aaron Henry, Jesse Rasner, Ryan Iodence, Tyson Jaquez, Logan Parsely, Jay Skilton, Brian Barnett, and this year's teammate, Brooks Klein.
Tony Guerra has signed to play at NCAA D-II California State University, San Bernandino. Guerra grew up and attended high school in nearby San Pedro. He overcame two years away from baseball due to "Tommy John" surgery to repair his elbow.
"Tony is one of my all-time favorite young men," Coach Whittemore said. "He has already become an outstanding citizen, graduated from WNC with an Associate of Arts degree and overcome any and all obstacles in his path to do so. He represents everything that is right, taking advantage of opportunities, being selfless, working hard, over-achieving and giving back."
Jonathan Sigado will play at Oklahoma City University, a powerhouse in the NAIA conference. Sigado was a two-year starter for the Wildcats and contributor to an incredible 88 victories over two seasons. For the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Sigado tallied more RBIs than any other Wildcat.
Whittemore says, "Jonathan is a winner on the field because he works hard at practice, understands the game deeply and is at his core a very unselfish teammate."
Five additional Wildcat sophomores will likely sign with four-year colleges or universities in the coming weeks.
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