Rio Hondo’s Gauna, Lopez to play softball at Coastal Bend College

RIO HONDO — Kathy Gauna and Lulu Lopez couldn’t wait any longer and wanted to put their futures to rest.

On Friday afternoon at the Rio Hondo High School library, the pair placed pen to paper and signed their letters of intent to play softball at Coastal Bend College in Beeville.

“It’s a huge day for me because I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a freshman,” said Lopez. “My biggest thing was to play (at the college level). For me, but also for my late Aunt Rosie.

“It was a great opportunity for me to take and when I saw the chance, I took it. The first thing I said when I went for the tour around school was, ‘It reminds me of home.’”

For Gauna, it was the proximity to home that sold her on for Coastal Bend College.

“I really liked that it was small and that is was close,” said Gauna. “I really liked the coach and he told me what they do in practice. But for me, I don’t like really like being too far from home.

“I also chose Costal Bend because I liked their law enforcement program.”

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