Billies alum excelling in college
Gabe Reno’s sport of choice sets him apart from other Fredericksburg residents.
The sophomore is in his second year of playing men’s lacrosse for Cleveland State University in Ohio.
“It’s nice to represent Fredericksburg in a different way,” he said.
Listed at 6-foot-1, the second tallest among the midfielders, Reno last year played in nine games, fourth-most among the freshmen.
He finished with five goals and three assists, third in points among the freshmen.
Through four games this season, the starter had two goals and three assists. Fifth on the team in points, he led players from both teams with three assists in the opener, an overtime loss to Marquette.
“I’ve definitely moved more to a position where I’m a leader on the field,” Reno said. “As I’m taking more runs on the field, I’ve been in a position to be an offensive threat.”
His role on the field fluctuates depending on projected matchups and developing play.
Some games he may be an offensive presence, others a defensive one, though his role is subject to in-game change.
“There’s definitely a game plan,” he said. “It kind of goes with the flow of the game.”
Reno’s versatility is an asset.
“He’s one of the players with a lot of ability to play a lot of positions,” Cleveland State head coach Andy German said. “He’s an incredibly smart guy. He sees the game. His (lacrosse) IQ is very, very high.”
The 195-pound Reno is one of the team’s bigger, stronger players. Unlike many peers, he is effective using both hands, which means he easily can make plays from anywhere on the field.
“He doesn’t need to be particularly dominant speedwise. He’s not relying on speed,” German said. “He has elite stickwork. He takes great pride in it.”
West Texas A&M University junior Abby Spurgin was named to the All-Lone Star Conference First Team.
The Fredericksburg High graduate also was among five named to the all-conference defensive team.
Her 13.8 points per game ranked eighth in the conference, and her 2.7 blocked shots per game ranked second.
Another from the Billies, Hannah Wilson of St. Mary’s University, is on the All-Lone Star Conference Third Team.
She averaged a conferencebest 10.5 rebounds per game, and she averaged 10.9 points.