Softball: Fort Lupton's Mendoza signs on with Sterling College

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/3/23

Like a lot of high-school seniors, Fort Lupton's Rozzie Mendoza wants to get out on her own, which is one reason she signed a letter of intent to play softball and study at Sterling, Kan., …

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Softball: Fort Lupton's Mendoza signs on with Sterling College

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Like a lot of high-school seniors, Fort Lupton's Rozzie Mendoza wants to get out on her own, which is one reason she signed a letter of intent to play softball and study at Sterling, Kan., College.

"I really love the community. It’s small, which is something I’m used to coming from Fort Lupton,” she said. “The environment was really nice. The players and the coaches were very welcoming when I went for my visit.”

Her official visit to the school was in July.

“I knew in advance. I built a relationship with the coach (Taylor Stoltz) previously,” Mendoza said. “I kind of knew that was my first option. The visit tied it in. Some of  my new teammates, I play with in summer travel ball. I’ll play against them in the summer, then I’ll play with them in the fall.”

Regis and Friends universities showed some interest during Mendoza’s recruiting process.

“I did want to go farther from home to see what life would be like without my family,” she said. “I wanted to prepare myself for the real world. I just want to see what’s out there.”

Mendoza batted .446 in Fort Lupton’s 27 games last year. She drove in 22 runs, and 11 of her 29 hits went for extra bases. She wants to study athletic training. A big goal is to be an athletic trainer in college. She’d be happy with a similar job at a high school but away from Colorado.

“I’ve been around it all the time,” she said. “Injuries, being sore all the time. It just sparked an interest.”

The pandemic played two parts in her recruiting efforts.

“Being at home made me realize what I’m missing,” she said. “I play on a traveling team. It was hard not to travel. We only played in Wyoming, but we only played there twice. That was the most  traveling we did. COVID came the year we usually start recruiting.”

Mendoza is a combination of scared, nervous and excited about what lies ahead.

“Definitely all three,” she said. “I’m more excited. I’m very eager to play in college and see the new environment I’m going to be in.”

Fort Lupton High School, Fort Lupton High School softball, Rozzie Mendoza

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