BRAD KEITH photo

Stephenville senior Mariah Cortez signed a letter of intent on Friday to play for and attend the University of Texas-Permian Basin in Odessa. Cortez, who is seated with her parents Rudy Cortez and Patty Lewis and is also joined by (back, left to right) Stephenville High School Principal Travis Stilwell, head girls soccer coach Casey Weil and athletics director Joseph Gillespie, says she picked UTPB as much for academics as for its soccer program. She plans to study either engineering or education and says the school has good departments in both. Cortez and the Class 4A Region I sectional champion Honeybees are enjoying the best soccer season in school history and will take their 22-4-2 record to Midland Tuesday for a 2 p.m. regional quarterfinal clash against El Paso Chapin.