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Reed athletes announce college plans
by Dan Eckles
Nov 16, 2011 | 1866 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Reed High’s Cori Gammon (far left), Nyasha LeSure (middle in black shirt) and Carlee Payne (third from right) all signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers, while their parents looked on during Wednesday afternoon’s signing ceremony.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed High’s Cori Gammon (far left), Nyasha LeSure (middle in black shirt) and Carlee Payne (third from right) all signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers, while their parents looked on during Wednesday afternoon’s signing ceremony.
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Wednesday was all about girl power at Reed High School. Three of the east Sparks school’s top student-athletes, all females, signed national letters-of-intent to continue playing their favorite sports beyond high school.

Three RHS seniors made their college plans official at a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the local school’s large gym. Nyasha LeSure signed to play basketball at Nevada. Cori Gammon signed to play softball at Montana-Billings and Carlee Payne signed to golf at Colorado Christian.

“It’s a proud moment for Reed High School,” Raiders athletic director Ron Coombs said. “Anytime you have your athletes continue to play beyond their high school careers, that’s special.”

LeSure is one of the top prep basketball players in Northern Nevada. The 5-foot 11-inch forward averaged 16 points and eight rebounds a game for Reed’s Northern 4A championship team last winter. The University of Nevada’s coaching staff took notice.

“I chose Nevada because of the family aspect,” LeSure said. “I like the team and love the coaches. They’re awesome. And I love my family. It’s great that my family can still come watch me play.

“It’s nice to have this decision taken care of. I don’t have to worry or stress about it. I know where I’m going.”

Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper knows exactly why Wolf Pack coaches like LeSure’s college potential.

“She’s athletic. You can’t coach what she has,” Schopper said. “Her height, strength and quickness have helped her develop into a nice basketball player.”

LeSure, 17, is the daughter of Anthony and Jessica LeSure. She plans to study education at Nevada.

On the softball diamond, Gammon will be a four-year letter winner for Reed during next spring’s softball season. She was a second team all-league High Desert League infielder after a solid junior campaign last season. Her talents have landed her a scholarship opportunity from the University of Montana-Billings.

“I’m excited,” Gammon said. “The town wasn’t too big. The campus was really pretty and it was close together. I liked their fields and facilities. I was impressed.

“I love softball. There’s nothing like cleating up and getting on the field. I’m excited to start life outside of Reno, to see what I’m made of.”

Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said Gammon is one of those special athletes who soaks up coaching.

“She is very coachable and gives 100 percent. She’s very intelligent and that’s why she gets better,” Wunder said. “It’s great to see these kids move on. They work hard to get where they have and socially they give up a lot. I like to see them get the opportunity to move on.”

Gammon, 17, is the daughter of Greg and Connie Gammon. She plans to study Business at Montana-Billings.

Carlee Payne is one of the top golfers in the HDL. She led the Raiders in scoring throughout this past fall season. Her low scores helped Reed earn an invitation into the Northern 4A Championships last month.

It was about two years ago when she decided she wanted to play collegiate golf. She had a few reasons for making Colorado Christian her top choice.

“I’m strong in my faith and I wanted to find a school where I could continue my relationship with God,” she said. “Now I get to do that, build on my education and play golf. It’s like the perfect situation for me.”

Payne, 18, is the daughter of Lisa and Dennis Payne. She plans to study History during her college tenure.



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