High School Sports

Aledo holds ceremony to honor 11 student-athletes who signed college letters-of-intent

As a member of the Aledo High School girls basketball team, Elizabeth Allanach helped the Ladycats to much success, including the third round of this season’s playoffs.

When it comes to life in general, she wants to help folks enjoy as much of it as they can.

Allanach, a 6-foot guard/forward was one of 11 Aledo senior athletes honored Tuesday at a ceremony to celebrate each signing a college letter-of-intent in their respective sport. She is going to play for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, a decision sparked by events close to her.

“My grandmother was diagnosed with cancer last year. She’s recovered and she’s here today,” Allanach said. “My (adopted) sister Lucy, her mom came to the U.S. to see her daughter for the first time in three years, and she was talking about the lack of medicine in Nigeria.

“That combination persuaded me to want to go out and do whatever I can to make a difference.”

Joining Allanach in being honored were:

  • Zach Haynes, football, Kansas Wesleyan University
  • Heidi Fischer, softball, McPherson College
  • Cierra Puente, softball, Southwestern Assemblies of God
  • Taryn and Tristyn Fambrough, tennis, McMurry University
  • Miles Grubbs, tennis, LeTourneau University
  • Lance McClure and Priscilla Schimming, tennis, Hardin Simmons University
  • Lydia Lawrence, track, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Zach Davis, track, Texas A&M University

“She’s got a huge heart. You couple her wanting to help people with her work ethic, that’s going to be a great thing,” Ladycats head basketball coach Nikki Hyles said of Allanach.

Davis said he’s excited about becoming an Aggie, but first he is going for a second consecutive state championship in the boys Class 5A pole vault at the UIL State Meet May 10-11. He has cleared 16 feet, 3 inches several times in his career, and said he is hoping to break Joseph Farley’s school record of 16-7, set in 2007.

“They have really good pole vault competition in the SEC, and A&M has a great business school,” he said. “I really would like to leave here with the school record. I’ve gone 16-7 indoors, and I feel like I’ve got it in me outdoors.”

Haynes missed playing in the state championship game with neck spasms as the Bearcats football team wrapped up a 16-0 season. He said having the chance to play in college is “sweet.”

“I’m ready for my next stage,” he said, adding that he plans to study history and kinesiology. “I want to be a coach and a teacher.”

Former Aledo athletic director Tim Buchanan, who returned to coaching football this spring, said 11 athletes signing in five sports indicates the overall success of the school’s programs.

“It’s a sign of how hard the kids, coaches and parents work,” he said. “And our kids always perform at or above their God-given talents.”

As for Allanach, he said she is likewise indicative of the character of Aledo students.

“That is such a great thing she’s doing, and we’ve got a bunch of kids like that,” he said. “It’s a passion. It’s a very unique community.”

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