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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press April 24, 2013 + on STAFF REPORT April 18 and 19 were banner days for the Lehman athletic program, as three outstanding seniors inked their letters of intent to play at the collegiate level. Cruz Banda was the first Lobe to sign onApfi118. Banda started as center for the Lobes football team in 2012. His ef- forts aided the Lobes offense to accrue over 2,248 yards, 1,538 of them on the ground. Banda will continue his football ca- reer at Wayland Baptist Univer- sity in Plainview. The Wayland Baptist University Pioneers participate in the Sooner Ath- letic Conference of the Nation- alAssociation of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). On April 19, Lady Lobos athletics had two athletes sign their letters of intent. Alaina Martinez, a four year varsity member of the Lehman Golf Team, signed on to play with Texas A&M Commerce. Martinez was a three-time Leh- man Female Golfer of the Year, four year Academic All-District and two year All-District ath- lete. Additionally, she medaled in five tournaments in two years. The final athlete to ink her name on the dotted line was Lady Lobes basketball player Ariana Gallegos, who signed with Crowder College in Nee- she, Missouri. Her ability to be a "force to be reckoned with in the post positioff' earned high praise from head coach Jamie Coy. '3.riana could handle the ball on or off the block," Coy said. "It was not out of the ordi- nary to have Ariana go coast to coast with the ball." Gallegos, who averaged a double-double in 2013, was the second highest scorer for Leh- man this year, and accrued the most blocks. 'Ariana has grown in her game over the years, which shows commitment and the drive to be successful," said Coy, describing the diligence Gallegos puts into her game. "She is willing to take new in- formation and apply it in prac- tice and the game. Ariana looks to win." Gallegos also was a four- year starter and first team All- District. Her efforts helped the Lady Lobos reach a program record 18-win season in 2013, nearly attaining a spot in the playoffs. Coy firmly believes that Gal- legos' drive and tenacity will serve her well at the next level. '~riana will work hard," Coy said in an emailed response. "I know she will take the knowl- edge she gains and apply it to her game. I expect to see her playing for a D1 school when she finishes up at Crowder. l know she has the same expec- tation for herself." The Crowder College Lady Riders participate in the Na- tional Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). PHOTO BY NICOLE MARTEL On April 19, Lobe varsity post Ariana Gallegos signed to play basketball with Crowder College, located in Ned- she, Me. In back: Crowder Coach Tina Robbins, Lehman varsity Girls Basketball head coach Jamie Coy, Leh- man varsity Girls Basketball assistant coach Larry Schulte, Summer League coach Fredrick Coy, Crowder as- sistant coach Melanie Bowers. In front: mother Laurie Gallegos, Ariana Gallegos, and brother Malach Gallegos. PHOTO BY NICOLE MARTEL Four year varsity Lobe golf team member Alaina Martinez signed with Texas A&M Commerce at Lehman High School on April 19th. Coached by Brian Hempel, Alaina has been an important leader on the golf team. Left to right-father Jesse Martinez, Alaina Martinez, and Laura Martinez. PHOTO BYJUDY COOPER Lehman High School varsity senior football center Cruz Banda signed Thursday, April lath to attend Wayland Baptist University in Plainview. Accompanying him are his coaches and parents: Lobe coaching staff in back: Toby Spivey, Shane Byrd, Nathan Brewer, Michael Banning, Trey Rose,Luis Herrera, Todd Raymond, Brian Hempel, Chris Armatta, In front: father Cruz Band& Cruz Banda, and mother Hope Banda. Ol,t'Ft I()DONT{(:S 3310 B FM 967, STE #Al10 Buda, Texas 786'10 Near the corner of FM !626 and 967 512-523-8680 We are now exclusively in Buda to accommodate,,your odhodontic needs. 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Pictured are (back, L-R) Coach Aaron Fuller, sister Sh'Derrika Adkison, grandmother Elena Gutierrez, dad Jose Gutierrez, room Trina Cain is a three-year-old Veronica isa 5iyear-old Shepherd mix, mate and has female Domestic Shorthair/ been a life, long shelter dogi Mix; She !dyes people and Despite his shy personality, he dogs, and woutd love to spend hasa big, warm heart. With all day cuddling, She has many sometime and some love he friends here, but would love to will surety bec0me a life!ong become seme0ne's permanent companion .... Cuddle kittyl PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non,profit; no,kill shelter ;operated primarily on donations and adoptionsi 500FM 150 EiKyle, TX 512 268,1611 Please visit pawssheRer, org All animals are fu[iy vaccinationed spay/ne~ered microchipped and dewormed. Wainright, brother Joseph Gutierrez, PETSi www' sister Sky Ratliff, Assistant Coach Holly (512) 268 = Long, and (front) honoree Des'ree Wain- right. 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