Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Alyssa Teixeira of Clayton Valley Charter

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Alyssa Teixeira of Clayton Valley Charter
Alyssa Teixeira. Grade: Senior; School: Clayton Valley Charter; Sport: Softball.

CONCORD, CA (Mar. 25, 2024) — Through many ups and downs, Teixeira has always come back stronger, pursuing her passion for softball and academics. Whether she is playing a game, being an umpire or teaching the younger generation at little league games, Teixeira has been involved in softball for nine years.

She began playing in Clayton Valley Little League and moved to traveling teams, Concord Lady Hawks and NorCal Choppers.

Her freshman year at CVCHS, COVID-19 caused an abbreviated season for every sport. When softball returned to its regular schedule the next spring, Teixeira broke her left wrist, preventing her from rejoining the sport for an additional two months.

More motivated than ever, Teixeira returned to Clayton Valley Charter varsity and also the traveling team NorCal Bombers playing second base and outfield. Ugly Eagles coach Dave Cooney reflected on coaching Teixeira, “She is one of the hardest workers on the team.

“She stays after practice most days to put in extra work and is always asking what she can improve on. She is a great teammate. Always supporting and picking up her teammates when they are down. Most of all, she is one of the nicest and most polite players I have ever coached.”

Surreal moment

Alongside players from throughout her life, Teixeira and CVCHS won the Diablo Athletic League softball championship her junior year. “It was such a surreal moment to celebrate with them.” Not only has Teixeira been on CV’s varsity throughout high school, she has been awarded the NCS Scholar Athlete award three times, won a PGF Gold Glove Award with her traveling team, and as a senior she is a co-captain. She’s looking forward to a third straight trip for the Ugly Eagles to North Coast Section playoffs to cap her high school career.

She has also achieved many accolades in academics. She has a 4.4 weighted GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation and Senior Women. Teixeira is excited to continue growing at Illinois College where she is committed to play NCAA softball and major in actuarial science.

The Pioneer congratulates Alyssa and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for over three decades at Family Vision Care Optometry.

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Corinne Jeandheur
Corinne Jeandheur

Corinne Jeandheur is a junior at Clayton Valley Charter High School.  She runs on the CVCHS cross country team in the fall as well as competing on the track and field team in the spring.  She also plays the piano and bakes in her free time.  Jeandheur is a member of the CVCHS Engineering and Design Academy and concluded her sophomore year with a 4.33 GPA.  She is serving as co-president of the California Scholarship Federation at Clayton Valley Charter this school year and continuing her academic and community involvement in the National Honor Society. She is very pleased to be writing the monthly Athlete Spotlight for the Pioneer.