Leo Fregoso, 17, who is a former student of Akers School and Lemoore High School, has just signed his letter of intent to play football for Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.
Fregoso, the son of Lorena and Luis Perez, attended Akers for sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, where he holds fond memories of his math teacher.
“Mr Holdbrooks made the learning experience in his classroom a lot of fun, and I just had a really good time in there,” said Fregoso.
Fregoso went on to Lemoore High School, where he began playing wide receiver during his sophomore year.
“I really enjoyed the sense of togetherness in the team. The players got along with each other, and the coaches got along with the players. We were a big family,” Fregoso said.
Fregoso said that his biggest inspiration was his position coach, Mr. McGhuey. “Everything he did for me… I will never forget that. He’s the best person I know. Besides my mom, of course.”
Currently, Fregoso is finishing out his senior year with a homeschool curriculum while staying with his aunt and uncle in Colorado.
Fregoso has earned $18,000 in combined athletic and academic scholarships, to recur over the next four years. This will cover approximately 75 percent of his tuition.
Tabor College has a lot of things that appealed to the high school senior when he began researching schools. Fregoso said that he likes how the Tabor Bluejays football team runs its offense and that the college has a strong religious base.
“They do a lot for their students there. There are a lot of events and movie nights. I like that there’s a chapel on campus,” Fregoso said.
Tabor is a small private college that was founded in 1908 with a student enrollment of less than 1,000 students. It offers a variety of associate, bachelors and masters programs and is home to 18 varsity sports teams.
“Tabor is not a big-name school, but it’s going to give me the opportunities that I want to have. In only playing football for three years, I’ve worked hard enough to be considered for a football scholarship. I’ve played with athletes that have played their entire lives, and I’ve achieved as much as a lot of them. And that’s not me, that’s God.”
Lorena Perez says there aren’t words to describe the pride she and her husband feel about their son’s accomplishments. “We do feel that it’s very important that he does know that we are extremely proud and how much we admire him. You know as parents we are supposed to be what our kids look up to, but sometimes we find ourselves looking up to them,” she said.
Fregoso plans to study criminology at Tabor College when he attends in the fall.