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Columbine's Thomas signs with Hastings

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By Dan Johnson

When Columbine’s Aimee Thomas committed to playing volleyball at Hastings College, coach Ron Alexander said he probably gave his neighbors a good scare.

After hearing the good news, Alexander went out to his backyard and let out an excited yell.

Obviously, he was happy with Thomas’s decision.

“We’re excited to have her,” Alexander said. “Aimee’s a wonderful match for our program.”

Alexander was one of a handful of people in attendance April 8 at Columbine High School as Thomas inked her name on the National Letter of Intent. The Nebraska-based NAIA school not only has a strong volleyball program, but it was the academic side of things that really intrigued Thomas.

“That was what I was looking for,” said Thomas, who became the fifth Columbine volleyball player to sign with a college. “I wanted to go to a school that was strong academically, but also had a good volleyball program. Once I visited Hastings, I just knew it was the right fit for me.”

Thomas, who carries a 3.4 GPA at Columbine, is interested in focusing her studies on either business administration or education.

“They are two areas I’ve always had an interest in,” she said.

Thomas, a 6-foot middle blocker, was an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection in 2008, and was a consistent force in the middle for the Rebels, who reached the Class 5A state tournament for the second straight season.

“We had a really special team,” Thomas said. “We accomplished a lot of great things and I’m glad I was able to be a part of that.”

in addition to her play on the court, Thomas earned Academic All-State First Team honors. She was also a starter on the Rebels’ girls basketball team and competes in track.