SAN DIEGO — After four years of starting in basketball and softball at San Diego High School, Lianna Vela knew she was headed to college.

She was certain of that. What she didn’t know is if he was going to continue her athletic career at the next level.

Well, she finally decided and her decision is taking her down the road to the west to Laredo Community College. Vela recently committed to join the Palominos softball program. Vela, who carried a 4.0 GPA at San Diego High School and who was a regular all-academic honors winner, received a scholarship from LCC.

Vela has been part of a solid nucleus at San Diego since her freshman year. As a freshman with the Lady Vaqueros, Vela was named First Team All-District. She was named the district’s Utility Player of the Year during her sophomore year. Vela was a First Team All-District selection as an outfielder as a junior and senior. During this season, she helped San Diego reached the Class 3A, Region IV finals. She finished the season ranked at the top of area 2A, 3A and 4A batting averages.

Ironically, Vela began playing softball at the age of 6 and was coached by Tony Perez of San Diego, her uncle who played at Laredo Community College in 1991 and 1992.