Little Elm senior center Aniya Cramer donned a Paul Quinn College Tigers jersey for National Signing Day.
Cramer made it official with the Paul Quinn women’s basketball team on Wednesday, signing a national letter of intent on the first day of the early signing period.
She was one of five Lobos who signed with college on Wednesday – joining Ava Ronsky, Brandon Dickinson, Georgia Heathcock and Sofia Magana.
Cramer, ranked 6-1, provided a strong presence at the post for the Lobos. She averaged 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last season. In grade two, Cramer was an honorable selection on the all-district team in District 8-5A.
“She’s one of the leaders on the team,” said Ken Tutt, Little Elm first-year women’s basketball head coach. “She’s been one of the hardest workers on this team since day one. Great rebounder. We’re trying to get her to be a better goalscorer, but it will come. “
Magana and Ronsky have been the backbone of Little Elm’s defense since they were in first grade. In 2019, they led the Lobos girls’ soccer team to their first-ever district title. Both players saw their hard work pay off on Wednesday in the form of a national letter of intent. Magana signed with Central Oklahoma and Ronsky inked on the dotted line with Central Arkansas.
Magana took a break from high school football to focus on school and club football. But she will play for Little Elm in her senior season. Ronsky is a three-time all-district artist and last year was named Little Elm’s Defensive Player of the Year.
“(Sofia) has a great work ethic and comes to train every day knowing what she has to do,” said Brian Swinney, Little Elm’s women’s soccer head coach. “(Ava) had a huge impact on our program and also takes care of things in the classroom.”
Lobos first-year head coach Brent Achorn has only been at Little Elm for a few months, but senior player Georgia Heathcock’s leadership has left a big impression on the bench. Heathcock will seek to bring leadership and versatility to the University of California, San Diego.
Heathcock made the District’s Second All-Star Team as a Junior and was selected to DFW Fastpitch’s Metroplex Second All-Star Team for his efforts last season.
“She’s definitely a team manager on and off the pitch, in the top 10 in her class,” said Achorn. “She works very hard. I think the University of California San Diego will be very lucky to have her.
Senior Brandon Dickinson has been called a “sponge” by Little Elm head baseball coach Matt Harbin because of his ability to soak up information about all aspects of the game.
But as much as Dickinson’s game improved, it was his dedication in the weight room that set him apart and gave him a chance to play college baseball. Blinn College gave him that chance.
“By the time he was in his first year, he was always asking questions, trying to figure things out,” Harbin said. “Once he got into the weight room and got lost in it, things started to turn for him. He got serious about his nutrition. He got serious about his weight. He got serious in his game. Things went well for him.