Palm Desert athletes make college choices official

Palm Desert athletes make college choices official

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Palm Desert athletes make college choices official

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Katelynn Gilbert

Katelynn Gilbert

Gil Sauceda

Gil Sauceda

Garrett Lieberman

Garrett Lieberman

It was a special day for the Palm Desert athletic department Wednesday as three of the school’s top athletes sat behind a table surrounded by friends, family, teammates and coaches and made their college choices official.

Senior Aztec baseball star Gil Sauceda is headed to Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he will join a perrenial Division II contender currently ranked No. 14 in the nation.

“I went on a visit not too long ago, and I just loved the environment, and it’s a small school in a small town. That just caught my eye,” Sauceda said. “It’s going to be tough, but I told my mom from the get-go that I wanted to go out of state to see new things and start a new life.”

Garrett Lieberman, a senior who finished up his high school athletic career in the fall on the football field, is headed to Kansas Wesleyan University, an NAIA school, where he’ll start off as a long-snapper but has hopes of standing out as a linebacker.

“They have some really great new coaches that are really young and very motivated, and I’m really looking forward to playing for them,” Lieberman said.

Katelynn Gilbert, a senior on the girls’ basketball team, is headed the farthest away, to Division III Wilson College in Chambersburg, Penn. where she’s excited to continue her love for basketball and also pursue a career as a veterinarian.

“It’s really exciting because I didn’t initially start sports to go to college. I did it as an extracurricular, and to think it’s taken me so far and I’ll be able to do it in college is a really exciting prospect,” Gilbert said. “The academics there are going to really help, because they have a pre-vet club, and they have animals studies and a veterinarian technician program.”

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