Vincent Memorial High School graduate Alfredo Barreto has earned a full-ride scholarship to Texas A&M University and has tennis skills to thank for the accomplishment.
Barreto, a 20-year-old Ensenada resident, has been playing tennis at College of the Desert in Palm Desert since his 1999 graduation from Vincent.
He has been playing tennis since he was 13 and got started because family friend Raul Ramirez of Mexico was an international tennis star.
He said he likes the sport because of the mental and physical depth required.
"I think it's emotional," Barreto said. "It's not just physical. You have to think about what you're doing."
By age 14, Barreto was already shining in his game. He was ranked among the top eight Mexican tennis players for his age group. When he was 18, he hung onto a top 16 ranking.