New Boston's Carlee Ratcliff to play for the University of Texas Longhorns
New Boston High School senior athlete Carlee Ratcliff announced today from Austin, Texas that she will continue her athletic career after graduation as a member of the University of Texas Longhorns softball program.
The announcement was made tonight after a visit with Longhorn Head Coach Mike White, which followed a tour yesterday of Red & Charline McCombs Field, the home of Texas Softball.
Ratcliff was the Tribune Female Athlete of the Year last year, after posting some of the best stats in Texas high school softball in 2019. This past year, she has been scouted by college programs all across the country, including Texas A&M, Houston and many others.
Carlee is a part of a very strong New Boston Lady Lions athletic program, including the volleyball team that is currently unbeaten in district and ranked in the Top 25 in the statewide polls.
After graduation, she will wear the trademark burnt orange of the Longhorns and join a Big 12 team that is loaded with talent and has been to the NCAA tournament every year since 2005. In 2018, the Longhorns made it to the NCAA Seattle Regional, and with the lineup that Head Coach Mike White and his staff have put together, they are a team destined to make the College World Series.
Lady Lions program director and head volleyball coach Haylee Houston says of Ratcliff, “Carlee is an all-around athlete, a fierce competitor, she works hard, and plays big roles in every sport. She’s a good girl, and someone that you would want to be a part of your program.”
Carlee’s mom, Kelly Ratcliff said, “We are all so excited. I have never seen a kid want something so bad. She has worked for this for years, and I am so proud that now all of the hard work has paid off.”
Look for expanded coverage on Ratcliff’s commitment to play for the University of Texas in next week’s issue of the Tribune.