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2017 VMHS grad selected in pro sports draft


            Noel Vela, from the Veterans Memorial High School Class of 2017 has become the first student-athlete from the school to be picked in a major league draft, immediately after graduating from high school. Vela was picked by the San Diego Padres this afternoon (June 14) as a part of the Major League Baseball Draft process.

            Vela, a left-handed pitcher, was also recently honored as Baseball Player of the Year at the All Valley Sports Banquet. He is pictured here with David Gilpin, VMHS Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach after receiving the Baseball Player of the Year honors.

            Here is a link to the draft selection site showing Vela’s selection by the Padres, https://www.mlb.com/draft/tracker/padres.

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