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San Antonio soccer player can fly

Witney Burns plans include Children's Ministry

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Avengers are all the rage in cartoon fiction. One of them, the Wasp is a super heroine. She can grow in size or shrink depending on the need, but is known for her ability to fly thanks to energy blasts of gold.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s soccer may have just added their own version of Marvel’s Winsome Wasp.

Witney Burns, a skilled player at San Antonio’s Earl Warren High School, where she excelled at forward, midfield and at defender, recently signed her National Letter of Intent to play for SAGU.

Her school, located on the north side of the Alamo City, was named after the late United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, of California. In fact, all Northside ISD schools have names of former chief justices.

Burns was the captain of her Warriors junior varsity team, who sport purple and silver threads.

While on the varsity at Warren, who are members in the nine-team District 27 – 5A, she played under Head Coach Joshua Hall. Burns showed talents that drew attention.

“She’s very quick and aggressive, both as a defender or forward,” observed Head Coach, Mandy Fortner, who begins her third year at SAGU.

“She is good in the air and has good movement off the ball.”

That’s as close as Fortner would come in comparing her to Wasp, but the picture is clear. She makes things happen on the ground and in-flight.

Burns, who was born in Nederland, Texas (near the coastal cities of Beaumont and Port Neches), graduated in the Top 12% of her class and was a member of the National Honor Society.

She garnered another award for academic excellence and made the district's All-Academic team while picking up her second varsity letter in soccer.

Witney also received the Athletic Club Booster Scholarship from her high school.

She has club experience for teams like the Storm and the Lonestars for Coach Janio Cavezo.

The words of her first-ever soccer coach, Jerry Graham, have impacted her approach to the beautiful game. “Play hard, have fun and have fun, play hard.”

“That has stuck with me all these years,” she recalled.

The daughter to parents Louis and Becky Burns, she also has an older brother, Ryan (22).

As for her probable major at SAGU, she aims to follow her servant’s heart by preparing to be a Children’s Pastor.

Her previous experience has shown the marks of her passion. She has been a volunteer in children’s ministry, served in hospitality with her church youth group, and performed sign language in Fine Arts. She has also participated as a helper at the Special Olympics.

SAGU Women's Soccer Update

The Lady Lions will report to pre-season camp on Monday, August 12.

Some players will arrive a week earlier for a week of outreach and service in the small Texas town of Leakey (pop. 441). This will be the second year in a row the team has worked together in this project.

Leakey (LAY-kee) is 99 miles northwest of San Antonio.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.