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WLV’s Griego to join Grizzlies

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Looking to continue its pipeline of standout athletes from the Meadow City, Adams State University has successfully recruited West Las Vegas’ Gabrielle “Gabby” Griego to join the school’s softball program in 2013-14.

Griego signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday morning at Gillie Lopez Gym.

Griego has been one of the Lady Dons’ most reliable performers on both sides of the plate in recent seasons, helping the squad win District 2-3A and reach the state tournament. Offensively, she can hit both for accuracy and for power. Defensively, she is a sturdy shortstop with a big glove and a solid arm.

In joining the Grizzlies and head coach Dervin Taylor, Griego will reunite with another former Lady Don standout — Larrissa Gallegos, now a freshman first baseman at Adams State.

“It’s close to home and family, and they have a good business management program,” Griego said of her choice to attend Adams State. “I want to thank Coach Taylor for giving me the opportunity.”
Griego said she’s thankful for the support her family has given her over her high school career.

“My dad (WLV softball coach Lucas Griego) is the No. 1 coach in the world,” she said. “And thanks to my mom (Lisa Griego), for all the talks she gives me.”

She also credited WLV assistant coach and teacher Etta Bustos for her mentorship.

Adams State has lured some high-profile local athletes who’ve gone on to strong college careers. Robertson’s Victoria Martinez became an All-American in track and field and cross country for the Grizzlies.

West’s Vera Jo Bustos broke Adams’ career scoring record in women’s basketball before going on to play pro ball in Greece.