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Turlocks Lindy Avila signs with William Jessup
Former Bulldog receives 50% athletic scholarship
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Lindy Avila (center) is surrounded by her parents and Turlock High family as she signs her letter of intent with William Jessup University. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

Lindy Avila’s time at Turlock High has come to an end but her academic and athletic careers are far from over. After a highly competitive senior season on the court, Avila is set join William Jessup University’s women’s basketball team. She will be the sole incoming freshman on the squad.

“It’s very exciting,” Avila said. “It’s going to be different but I’m looking forward to making new friends and meeting people.”

The four year varsity starter, two at Turlock and two at her former high school in Idaho, was courted by the likes of California State University, Stanislaus, Sequoia University, and Modest Junior College, attracting attention with her leadership qualities and game time productivity. Although the decision was a hard one to make, a visit to William Jessup’s campus was all that was needed to make Avila a future Warrior.

“I love the coaching staff and the fact that it’s close to home,” Avila said. “It will also fulfill me spiritually, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

In her senior year at Turlock, Avila led the Bulldogs in points and assists, earned 1st team All CCC honors, was named to the All Academic team, and made the principal’s honor role with a GPA of 3.068.

“This past year, Lindy became a true leader,” said Dana Trevethan, principal at Turlock High. “As a result of a mid-year coaching change, her teammates naturally looked to her for support and leadership because of her strong demeanor, experience, and compassion.”

As she works towards a starting position at point guard with the Warriors, Avila will also be working towards a potential future in sports broadcasting. With her future looming in the distance Avila is quick to recognize those who have helped her along the way, acknowledging that she didn’t get to where she is by herself.

“I’m going to miss everything; the school, the staff, the students,” Avila said. “It’s like home here.”