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SELMA - Selma softball outfielder Dominique Trevino signed her national letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Northwest Nazarene University  on Nov. 15 in a ceremony in front of family and teammates.

Northwest Nazarene, an NCAA Division II institution, was the only softball program to offer Trevino an athletic scholarship.

When she visited the campus in the small town of Nampa, Idaho, it featured a small community similar to the city of Selma, which was one of the things that factor into her decision.

Getting a chance to play at the next level with her Central California Dirt Dogs travel ball teammate Emma Mulligan was something that also factor in her decision to attend the Idaho institution.

“I knew Emma was going there, so that encouraged me to make my decision,” Trevino said.

Trevino and Mulligan both said they’ve been playing softball together since they were nine-years-old.

“It’s crazy to think that we’ve been playing together for so long,” Mulligan said. “And now we get to experience this next step together.”

Mulligan is an outfielder and catcher for the Reedley High School softball team.

Trevino said she talked to multiple schools in California, but none of them made her an offer. Not only will she continue her academic and softball career in college, but she’ll be attending a university out of state, which will be something new for her.

“I’m excited, but I’m nervous,” Trevino said. “It’s going to be something new and I'm going to be a way from everybody. I’m going to be on my own, so I get to experience life [outside the Valley.]”

Her father David Trevino said he was proud of his daughter for getting a chance to attend college and continuing the sport that she loves to play.

“Idaho is far, but it’s not that far,” David Trevino said. “It’s really just a short flight away, so we’re excited that she’s going there. She’s going to be going there with a few friends of hers that played softball with her, so we’re excited about that. She won’t be the only one there, she will have some support there.”

The Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks softball team compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and were conference co-champions in 2018. The Nighthawks won the GNAC tournament, but shared the title with Central Washington with a 19-9 conference record. Northwest Nazarene finished the 2018 season with a 31-23 overall record.

In the 2018 NCAA Division II tournament, the Nighthawks went 0-2 in the program’s first appearance in the national tourney. The 2018 season was the best in the program’s history, which included records for overall wins and conference wins. The conference tournament victory and the regular season championship were program first.

Dominique Trevino is no stranger to playing for a successful program at Selma High. The center fielder was part of teams that won back-to-back Valley championships in the past two years. Dominique Trevino will be entering her season season on the diamond for the Bears later this spring.

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Jeremiah Martinez can be reached at 559-583-2413 or jmartinez@hanfordsentinel.com

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