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Infante inks Letter of Intent

Leticia Infante, a Weston Ranch resident in Stockton, is Excel Academy’s first NCAA Division I signee. She made her commitment to the Grand Canyon University women’s basketball on Wednesday.

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POSTED November 16, 2013 12:56 a.m.

Second-year Excel Academy Sports Science and Health Preparatory High School has its first NCAA Division I athlete.

Weston Ranch resident Leticia Infante signed her letter of intent to play basketball for Grand Canyon University of Pheonix, Ariz. on Wednesday night.

“We knew from Day 1 Letty was special,” Excel head coach and athletic director Larissa Founts said in a statement. “Her drive, determination and off-the-chart work ethic makes it easy to see why she is moving forward with her dream. We are so proud of her and the brand she is creating for Excel Academy.

Infante will be part of the charter school’s first graduating class. She transferred out of Weston Ranch High following her sophomore season and enrolled at Excel, which opened last year at 2814 Transworld Drive in Stockton near the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

In her lone season on the Weston Ranch varsity squad, she helped the school compile its best record (21-9) while averaging 10.6 points, six rebounds and 1.4 steals. Last winter, the 6-foot wing served as team captain and recorded 18 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and six steals per game as Excel finished 12-6 in its inaugural campaign.

Infante is a 4.0 student at Excel and is on track to have more than 20 college units logged by the time she arrives at Christian-based Grand Canyon University.

GCU is on its maiden voyage at the NCAA Division I level. The women’s basketball team opened the season last Saturday, Nov. 9 with a 92-35 win over Western State.

The Antelopes went 23-9 last year and reached the NCAA Division II West Region semifinals. The school’s athletic program is now a member of the Western Athletic Conference.

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