Sparks High doesn’t send a lot of athletes on to NCAA Div. I programs. It does, however, have a habit of sending the Partida brothers onto the big stage.
Senior boys soccer player Jesus Partida signed a national letter of intent to play at UNLV on Wednesday afternoon during a signing ceremony held in the school’s gym lobby. By committing to the Rebels, Partida is following the footsteps of his brother, Kevin, who also went on to UNLV from Sparks.
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Partida led Sparks to a 25-2-1 record and a state title (in Las Vegas) this fall. He averaged more than a goal a game (32 goals) and passed out eight assists.
It was a redemptive season for Partida after he missed his entire junior campaign with a significant knee injury.
UNLV went 10-12-2 last season, but earned an NCAA Tournament berth thanks to a WAC Tournament title. The Rebels went on to beat San Diego State, 2-1, in double overtime before falling to Denver in the second round.
Partida’s older brother started all 20 games for UNLV as a junior in 2015. His four goals were tied for second on the team. He also passed out three assists. He did not see time in 2016.