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HOUSTON - It was a busy Wednesday at Lutheran South Academy as the first National Signing Day of the 2021-2022 season took place.
Seniors put pen to paper to sign to their respective college choices. At Lutheran South it was an impressive group of nine student-athletes that signed, including four off the 2021 TAPPS 5A State Championship Baseball team.
Here is the entire list.
Deundre' Jones – Kansas State University
Tyler and Garrett Helpenstill – Texas Lutheran University
Garrett Coiner – Incarnate Word University
Evany Gonzalez – University of New Mexico
Hayley Calhoun – Alvin Community College
Ayana Smith – Sam Houston State University
Haley Wright- Bethel College
Enze Hao – UHSP
HOUSTON - Evany Gonzalez can't even count how many nights and days she went out and got reps on the diamond. It was "non-stop" work in hopes of one day achieving her goal.
Playing college softball.
Well, Gonzalez can now go check that box after verbally committing to the University of New Mexico over the weekend.
"The culture and atmosphere at UNM is like no other," Gonzalez said. "I felt so welcomed and at home. I knew right away this is where I wanted to be.
"It's such an honor to be able to play college softball, showing that young athletes are capable of accomplishing anything through the grace of God and hard work."
pic.twitter.com/SjPpRwWFVB— Evany Gonzalez (@evanygonzalez7) October 2, 2021
Gonzalez was a first-team, all-state selection last season after helping her team make a deep run in the 2021 playoffs. It is her speed that is going to be a big factor at UNM, Gonzalez said as she will "create chaos" when on the bases.
As she turns now towards her senior season, Gonzalez has her sights set on a few final goals as a Pioneer.
"I want to keep grinding, fulfill my leadership role on the field and chase that state title," Gonzalez said.