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Cleveland’s Eleby signs with Howard Payne

May 23, 2019

Araven Eleby is no stranger to hard work.

The senior played volleyball and softball her whole entire career at Cleveland High School.

She even wore the number four on the softball field.

Eleby racked up all-district honors in 2017 and 2018 on the softball field for the Lady Indians.

Her softball career will not end at Cleveland, as the utility player signed to play softball at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.

The Lady Indians finished the season 13-8-1 and had a 4-8 record in District 21-5A play.

Cleveland competed in a district that included Dayton, Barbers Hill, Nederland, Port Arthur Memorial, Port-Neches Grove and Vidor.

Eleby, who plays third base and the outfield, will go from helping the Lady Indians to helping the Yellow Jackets.

Howard Payne is a NCAA Division III school that competes in the American Southwest Conference that includes Belhaven University, Concordia University, East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, LeTourneau University, Louisiana College, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, McMurry University, University of the Ozarks, Sul Ross State University, University of Texas at Dallas and University of Texas at Tyler.

This season the Yellow Jackets finished 17-22 and finished 13-14 in ASC play.

Cleveland Middle School athletes honored

Cleveland Middle School athletics had a successful school year.

Future Indians and Lady Indians wore the school colors proudly and showed great sportsmanship either winning or losing.

Four students-athletes were honored for their dedication and hard work to their respective sports that included volleyball, basketball and track.

Searle Torres, Kadence Holloman, Abigail Martinez, and Alexndrea Roberson received their honors for top athletes of the year for Cleveland Middle School.

Coaches Meagan Shockley, Reniqua Davis, Shatonja Jenkins and Ronisha Ashcraft presented the student-athletes with plaques for their successful seasons.

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