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Calhoun senior makes college choice official

Keldy  Ortiz

By Keldy Ortiz
April 18, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2013 at 11:18 p.m.

Calhoun's Isaac Cardona attempts a free throw during a game versus San Antonio Kennedy at A.C. Jones High School in Beeville. Calhoun won 70-64.

Isaac Cardona dreamed of playing college basketball since he was a little kid.

Thursday morning, with his family and coach by his side, the Calhoun senior signed a letter-of-intent to play at Lubbock Christian University.

Giving out handshakes and hugging friends, Cardona, 18, realized his dream was coming to fruition.

"Coming out of the playoffs, I was hoping someone would notice," said the 6-foot-5 Cardona. "Every basketball player's dream is to go to college and play ball."

The Sandcrabs capped off their season going 25-11 and advancing to the regional semifinals, where they lost to Northside Brennan.

While the season ended in a loss for first-year head coach Aaron Anderson, he said it was a year he and the community would remember.

"As a first-year coach, it's exceptional," Anderson said. "It gives younger children hope that if Isaac can go on and play at the next level, so can they. Athletes like him come around once in a blue moon, so he will definitely be missed."

Cardona's mother Sara, while happy for her son, realized home would be without one person.

"He's my youngest. It's going to be different," she said. "It's sad for me. He knows it's going to be hard, but he's prepared."

Cardona, who averaged 24.5 points in the playoffs, picked the Div. II school because of the close relationship the school has with religion.

"Knowing that I come from a Christian community, I can relate to the school," he said. "I can grow in my faith and do what I love to do."



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