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Holtville’s Chontanee Combs - seated with mother Edith Long and stepfather Deon Carson, softball coach Robert Rollan and Holtville High principal Jimmy Hull - turned her long-time verbal commitment into a reality, signing to play softball with Alabama State. Photo by Griffin Pritchard
Holtville’s Chontanee Combs - seated with mother Edith Long and stepfather Deon Carson, softball coach Robert Rollan and Holtville High principal Jimmy Hull - turned her long-time verbal commitment into a reality, signing to play softball with Alabama State. Photo by Griffin Pritchard

Combs now Holtville’s first Division I female athlete

Published 4:45am Saturday, April 13, 2013

All-in-all it was a pretty good week for Holtville High’s Chontanee Combs.
She went to the prom. She had the game-winning hit against Elmore County Tuesday night and then Thursday morning, she became the first Holtville Lady Bulldog to play Division I athletics.
Combs finally turned her verbal commitment to play softball at Alabama State into the real thing, signing a National Letter of Intent.
“Alabama State has always been a school I wanted to go to, even without softball,” said Combs, who plans on becoming a nurse.
“I loved the chemistry with the girls that I had going in and the coach. It was good all around. It feel good to be able to finally do this.”
Combs is the fourth Lady Bulldog to sign a college commitment, but is the first to attend a four-year school.
“I always thought she was good, but I didn’t know she was this good,” said Edith Long, Combs’ mother.
“I’m happy for her because she’s going where she wants to be.”
Combs ­– 2-for-3 on Tuesday night – came to the plate with two on and drove an offering to left field, scoring two runs and giving Holtville a 6-5 win over Elmore County.
“I like her range in the outfield and her arm strength and her personality,” said Telma Hall, coach of the Lady Hornets.
“We want to try to recruit our backyard and I’m excited that we were able to be a part of history at Holtville by bringing her into our program.”
Combs has been a cornerstone in the building of the Lady Bulldogs softball program under coach Robert Rollan.
“She’s worked hard and earned everything she’s gotten,” said Rollan. “I’m extremely happy for her and proud of her.”

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