Harlandale HS softball athlete signs with Cisco College

Harlandale HS softball athlete signs with Cisco College
Posted on 05/04/2018

The Lady Indians softball team is wishing good luck to one of its own as Gabrielle Martinez signed her letter of intent to play with the Cisco College Lady Wranglers on May 2.

Friends, family and staff gathered at the Student Union to witness Gabrielle officially sign her name on the line.  

Harlandale HS Principal Alfred Anthony took the opportunity to congratulate Gabrielle in front of her peers.

“It’s always nice to have the opportunity to recognize one of our student athletes, especially the hard work that was done in the classroom,” Anthony said. “This now gives her the opportunity to take it to the next level.”

Harlandale HS Softball Coach Shelbey Veselka was also on hand the cheer on Gabrielle.

“I’ve coached Gabby for two years and it’s been extremely exciting to watch her grow,” Veselka said. “From last year to this year she has come a long way and I am very proud of her. She has not only exceeded my expectations on the field, but in the classroom as well.”

As soon as Gabrielle began playing softball in seventh grade, she knew she wanted to play collegiate ball.

“I knew it was something I loved and I enjoyed and I wanted to extend my career further than high school,” Gabrielle said.

The hard work paid off for the talented athlete as the softball team won the district championship and made it to the play offs.

“That was really exciting because we set goals and we accomplished them,” Gabrielle said.

She credits her success back to her coach.

“Coach Veselka pushed me to be the best i could be, and she had a big impact on my softball career,” Gabrielle said.

She will be joining teammate Tiara Gomez, who also signed her letter of intent with Cisco College back in December 2017.

“I’m excited about playing with a teammate that I have played with a long time and I’m excited to meet new people as well,” Gabrielle said.

Way to go, Gabrielle!

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