By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Three Cumby seniors will continue their athletic careers after signing letters of intent.
Karli Emmons and Luis Osornio are headed to Clarendon College in the Texas Panhandle and Kayla Akers has signed with Schreiner University in Kerrville.
“I honestly think they’ll do really well,” said Cumby athletic director Gary Parrish. “They’ve already set goals for what they want to do in college.”
Emmons and Osornio signed with Clarendon to run track and field and cross country.
Emmons was the Lady Trojans’ most valuable player in track and field this past season, winning the area title in the 400-meter dash. She was also a two-time district champion in the 400 and a three-time regional qualifier in the 400 and the 4x400-meter relay.
Emmons was a four-year participant in volleyball and track and field, plus competed for two seasons in basketball, powerlifting and softball. She earned first-team all-district in volleyball her senior season.
Emmons said she plans to attend college to be a pediatrician.
“Their head coach (Clarendon) came to the school at the beginning of the year to talk to Luis and me and some others,” Emmons explained. “We just reconnected at the end of the year. It’s far from home. I think the space will be good.”
Osornio was a state qualifier for the Trojans last fall in cross country, placing 44th of 108 at the Class A state meet. He was also the district champion in the 800-meter run, plus was second at area and fourth at regional. He also advanced to state with the Trojans’ cross country team his junior year.
Osornio said he runs about 25 to 30 miles per week in training, near his residence. He prefers track and field to cross country.
“Not as hard to do as cross country,” he said.
He plans to major in business.
Akers will play basketball at Schreiner. She’s receiving a $32,000 academic scholarship. Akers was a state champion this past season in powerlifting in the 165-pound class, squatting 370 pounds at the state meet in Corpus Christi, benching 155 and hoisting 300 in the deadlift. She also finished second at state in 2012, helping Cumby to the state powerlifting team championship.
Akers competed in six sports this past season for the Lady Trojans, also including volleyball, basketball, track and field, softball and cross country.
She was named the defensive MVP for her volleyball team this past season, helping Cumby to a bi-district title. She played four seasons of basketball and also competed four seasons in track and field. Akers qualified for regional in the long jump, 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays in track and field this past season, plus earned first-team all-district honors in softball. She was selected as the offensive MVP of her team in basketball, the MVP in softball and top lifter in powerlifting.
Akers talked about also playing volleyball at Schreiner.
“I thought about doing volleyball but the coach said it would be too difficult,” she said. “I want to give my all.”
Akers said basketball is her favorite sport.
“Absolutely. It’s intense and fast. That’s the way I like it. Not slow.”
Akers plans to study political science in college and become a detective.