Academics

Students builing a molecule in chemistry

Jose Vasquez Commits to Rice for Baseball

Jose Vasquez scoring in baseball

Jose Vasquez, a rising senior at The Harvey School, has given his verbal commitment to attend Rice University in Houston, Texas, and play baseball for the NCAA Division I Owls following his high school graduation in June 2023.

A junior transfer to Harvey from Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School, Jose had a terrific first season for the Cavaliers in 2022, earning Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) All-League honors and being named the team’s Rookie of the Year. He was a major contributor to Harvey’s winning its second consecutive HVAL crown.  As the team’s leadoff hitter, the speedy Jose had a phenomenal on-base percentage of .554 and a robust batting average of .455.  He stole 27 bases and scored 25 runs.

A left-handed-hitting, right-handed-throwing outfielder, Jose is a product of the Nighthawks Baseball-6th Tool Foundation, a youth travel and developmental baseball program founded and owned by former major leaguer Luis Lopez, the head coach of Harvey’s varsity baseball team.

Jose Vasquez with coach Luis Lopez

“I give all credit to my parents but especially to Coach Lopez for putting me in front of the right eyes at the right time,” Jose said. Based on Twitter videos of himself hitting that he sent to Rice baseball’s head coach, Jose Cruz Jr., another former major leaguer, along with the strong recommendations of Coach Lopez, Jose was invited this summer to a Rice prospect camp on the university’s Houston campus. It clearly helped him to have two former major league players in his corner. ”That connection between Coach Lopez and Coach Cruz really helped because he believed in what Coach Lopez had to say about me,” Vasquez said.

He went 3-for-3 in the showcase game and stole three bases. The Rice head coach saw enough of Vasquez to offer him a scholarship to play for the Owls.

While Vasquez gives a good deal of credit to Coach Lopez for helping to develop his baseball skills since he was 12 years old, he acknowledges that he has benefited from having had a very strong all-around support system. “All my coaches and trainers have played a major role in preparing me for this position,” Jose said. He said it was his longtime goal to play Division I baseball, and he is happy to commit to Rice. “To be coached by Jose Cruz Jr. is a privilege, knowing his experience in baseball, but what also hooked me to this program was the opportunity to compete at such a high level in college baseball,” the future Owl said.

Coach Lopez is delighted with the prospect of Jose playing D-I baseball after his career concludes at Harvey. “I’m so excited for Jose and his family,” Coach Lopez said. “I’ve known him since he was 12 years old, and all he’s done is to continue to play hard and trust the process.”

As far as his academic endeavors are concerned, Jose is considering majoring in sports management.

Keeping Reading

Goats at Harvey

Passersby on Route 22 the past two weeks near the entrance to The Harvey School may have had to look twice to make sure they saw what they saw … a herd of goats traversing the school’s 125-acre campus, but the 33 goats are indeed there, making their way to munch on much of the invasive vegetation as part of a special initiative of the Bedford 2030 in partnership with the school.

IHIH Summer hockey camp at Harvey

Harvey Summer Programs welcomed the Ice Hockey In Harlem (IHIH) summer hockey campers to campus during the last week in July. The campers age 5-17 worked on their ice hockey skills in Evarts Rink and also enjoyed the entire Harvey campus which included playing games on the athletic fields, utilizing the Fenstermacher Athletic Center, and cooling off in the swimming pool.

Amy Hargreaves SpeakWell Theater Program

Harvey Summer Camp concluded an amazing week with the SpeakWell Amy Hargreaves Acting Camp on the Harvey campus July 18-22. SpeakWell - a youth leadership program designed to build stronger students in strong communities, works with schools and camps across the country teaching leadership and communication skills.

Jose Vasquez batting

Jose Vasquez, a rising senior at The Harvey School, has given his verbal commitment to attend Rice University in Houston, Texas, and play baseball for the NCAA Division I Owls following his high school graduation in June 2023.

About Harvey

Photo of the entrance to Harvey