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Johnna Sturm makes A&M-Commerce team

Johnna Sturm makes A&M-Commerce team
La Vernia’s Johnna Sturm signs her letter of intent to Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she will play softball for the Lions. Johnna is joined by (from left) her mother, Jo Ann Jacobs; her father, John Sturm; and her stepmother, Cynthia Saenz.

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January 2, 2014
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LA VERNIA -- There were a lot of options available to Johnna Sturm, but when it came to choosing a college at which to play softball next year, the La Vernia senior decided on Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Offers for the catcher came in from a number of schools, including Temple, Mississippi State, Incarnate Word, and others. Johnna really liked the A&M-Commerce campus, though, and said she felt comfortable with the coaches.

“I felt like I could go far with the team,” she said.

By going to A&M-Commerce, Johnna will be part of the inaugural team of Lion softball players. She is one of 13 players from five states who have signed on to be part of something new. The team will play its first season in 2015.

While at school, Johnna plans to major in business management. She is looking forward to the college experience, and to living life on her own.

As far as softball goes, Johnna is excited about playing on a college team, and sharing the field with girls who have worked just as hard as she has, and have made many of the same sacrifices.

“I’ve worked my butt off for this,” she said with a laugh. “I’m playing softball all the time -- all year long.

“I know I gave up a lot to play this game, but I also feel like I’ve gotten a lot out of it,” she said. “I have been able to travel all over the country and know it’s been a good experience.”

Looking ahead, Johnna knows that playing at the college level will present a new set of challenges for her, but she is excited about the opportunity. She takes pride in stepping up to meet new goals, and in taking that next step toward greatness.

“I want to leave a lasting impression,” she said.

While Johnna admits she will miss her friends and family, she is excited about going to college and is looking forward to “something new.”

Looking back, Johnna said she has a number of great memories, many with her Lady Bear teammates, and many others with her Texas Bombers club team.

Johnna’s most memorable game with La Vernia was last season against Somerset. She called the Lady Bears’ 12-11 win over the Bulldogs “amazing,” indicating it was one of the most exciting games of her life. While she didn’t offer up her own statistics from the game, it is noteworthy to mention Johnna went 3 for 4 on the night with a double and two home runs.

Another memorable softball moment was this past year when her club team competed in the Southern National Tournament. The Texas Bombers lost in the first round to end up in the losers’ bracket, but won out from there to take the tournament championship.

“We played nearly 20 straight hours,” she said. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. We were all tired. We may have even thought about quitting, but we didn’t. We kept playing our hearts out and we won the tournament.”

With so many great stories, it seems like she would be ready to check out on La Vernia, but Johnna isn’t quite finished with the Lady Bears. She still has her senior season to play, and is excited about La Vernia softball.

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