The small-town atmosphere of Trinidad appealed to Prairie View High School softball player Zoey Gallegos.
So, she signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career and academic interests. The ceremony was Nov. 11 at PVHS.
"I really liked the small community," Gallegos said. "The way that my coach (Steve Swazo) was describing it was that all of the girls are really close, and we did everything together. I wanted a small community because i get distracted really easily. I wanted to make sure that I was there to focus on my studies on my sports."
There were a couple of other offers.
"But I thought Trinidad was the right place for me," Gallegos said.
"She made it easy to come to practice every day," said her high-school coach, Mark Gonzales. "I've always said you have to have a little attitude to play this game. I didn't know she was going to take that and run."
Gallegos played 79 games for the T-Hawks. She had 103 hits and scored 116 runs. She normally plays centerfield. But this year, she pitched and won five games within Eastern Metro Athletic Conference play.
Gallegos is weighing her academic options. One is to study business. The other is to get into special needs.
"I've always been interested in it. I had a couple of friends who had special needs," she said. "I was trying to get into it the last three years, but I couldn't. Finally, this year, I pulled some strings and was able to be a part of the severe special needs area."
She spends the last two class periods of her day working in that area.
"I go and help them with studies. Tomorrow (Nov. 12), we're actually going to the zoo," Gallegos said. "It's not really frustrating. Everybody needs a little extra help and a little extra love. I'm doing my part by helping them out."
Gallegos left no doubt about what she's feeling as she heads toward the next chapter.
"Oh, I'm very nervous," she said. "I'm also excited to see what the future has for me and what I am able to accomplish."
Gallegos was a three-time all-conference choice.
"Zoey leads in our building through the special-needs program," Gonzales said. "It's been fun to see her mature in that process. As coaches, we hate to see good student-athletes go. But that's why we're here. We love seeing the process from beginning to end."
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