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Ayers, 'The Epitome of What a Student Athlete is'

Rosemont High School softball player Aleshia Ayers signed a letter of intent to attend Villanova Wednesday.

Aleshia Ayers' coaches at have watched the senior softball player succeed on the field, but they've also seen her excel in the classroom.

Ayers on Wednesday , a Division I college just outside Philadelphia. But athletics aren't her only strong suit–she estimates her GPA at around 4.3.

"Sometimes I have to stay up hecka late just to do my homework," Ayers said.

It's something Ayers' coaches have been more a part of than they might have been at another school. At Rosemont, unlike some other local schools, almost all of the coaches are also teachers, Athletic Director Bill Kapp said.

Kapp, , said Ayers' intent to attend Villanova is a bright spot for the Wolverines.

"It's big for us because it's the second Rosemont softball player to sign in three years to a Division I school," he said, praising Ayers as humble and "a great example of what a Rosemont softball player is."

Baseball coach Paul Martinez echoed that sentiment, calling Ayers "the epitome of what a student athlete is at this school or any school."

Rosemont High School Principal Leise Martinez was principal of when Ayers attended there, and said the softball player hasn't changed at all.

"She has always been amazingly top-notch, from day one," Leise Martinez said.

Trina Honea, Ayers' mother, recalled the years of practice since her daughter started playing softball at age 5, including the look on Ayers' face the first time she got on base in t-ball.

"I'll miss her, but I'm excited for the opportunity she's about to have," Honea said.

Cindy Enriquez November 17, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Altough I never got a chance to watch Aleshia play, I know she gives it her all in everything. She is a very sweet and respectful young lady and I wish you all the best in your BRIGHT future, this is a great opportunity for you, show'em what Cali is made of =) Trina you did a great job, two thumbs up for you. As a Mom I now your gonna miss her (I miss her & she's not even my daughter), so just know I'm here if you ever need to talk. Best wishes Aleshia Love Ya, Cindy
Trina Honea November 17, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Cindy thank you for the kind words and all of the support your family has provided. I am extremely proud of Aleshia and excited to see what her future brings.
Aleshia Ayers November 18, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Thank you Cindy! :)
Cody Kitaura (Editor) November 22, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Hey everyone, Villanova's Athletic Department released this yesterday, mentioning Aleshia: http://www.villanova.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/112111aaa.html "Villanova has signed six high school seniors to National Letters of Intent to join the Villanova softball program starting in the fall of 2012. The incoming freshmen are: Kate Poppe (Downingtown, Penn.), Aleshia Ayers (Sacramento, Calif.), Taylor Secemski (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Sierra McConnell (Katy, Texas), Sara Ruiz (Davie, Fla.), and Shea Palmer (Scottsdale, Ariz.)."
Michel February 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Woot Woot! Congrats Aleishia!! I know you did your momma proud :-) I can't wait for this senior year season to start so we can get a small taste of what this talented young ladies college career has in store! All the best of Luck!

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