Former Lady Longhorn three-sport star Amy Wilcox has taken her soccer act to Eastern New Mexico University.
She opted last spring to accept a scholarship from ENMU after starring the past two years at Paradise Valley Community College.
Wilcox left her Payson home Aug. 3 to travel to Portales where she will study secondary education with ambitions of following in her father's footsteps and becoming a physical education teacher.
Her father, Randy Wilcox, is a PE teacher at Rim Country Middle School and a former Payson High School boys basketball and girls soccer coach.
At Payson High School from 2000 to 2004, Amy Wilcox was a four-year letter winner in soccer and one of the team's leading scorers.
She earned all-state tournament honors her sophomore season and was all-region selection as a junior and senior.
After graduating from PHS, she enrolled at PVCC where, as a freshman, she was named the Lady Puma's Most Improved Player.
Although she began her rookie campaign as a reserve, she was in the starting lineup by midseason. Her finest freshman moment might have been a resounding goal she scored in a mid-season game against nationally ranked Mesa Community College.
"It was from about 15 yards out and she rifled it through a crowd," Randy Wilcox said. "At the (postseason) banquet, the coach said, ‘There probably wasn't a boy's team goal kicked any harder.'"
Although Amy suffers from asthma, she was able to ward off the ill effects of it during both seasons at PVCC.
"She has what it takes (to play at ENMU) if the asthma doesn't get her," Randy Wilcox said.
At ENMU, Amy Wilcox expects to continue to play the forward position she has manned since high school.
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