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Ram taking her game to the next level

Taylor Jones
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” For the past four years, fans of Roaring Fork High School girls basketball were able to enjoy a dedicated talent they had not seen in recent years. Celeste Comings, the 5-foot-5-inch point guard, has delighted Rams’ fans with an enthusiasm and passion for the game she has had since she first touched a basketball at the age of 5. Comings, who graduated this past May, will be taking the next step as she prepares to attend college in La Junta and join the Otero Junior College women’s basketball team this upcoming season.

The 18-year-old daughter of Dan and Karen Comings has enjoyed the game of basketball from as far back as she can remember.

“When I was 5 years old, I had a baby-sitter who played basketball,” Comings reminisced, “and when she would baby-sit, she taught me how to shoot.”

She spent many hours practicing and working at her skills, even after a fairly successful freshman year in high school.

Comings was a member of the varsity team that made it to the state tournament back in 2005. She recalls getting to play 15 seconds in the game as a freshman. Her sophomore year she earned a role as the regular starting point guard for the Rams, a role she would hold until final game in a Roaring Forks uniform this past season.

Her other notable accolades on the court included the opportunity to play in the 3A All-State basketball game this past spring. It was there, playing against other athletes of a high caliber and intense dedication that Comings realized she wanted to continue playing basketball into her college career.

Not only a successful athlete on the court, Comings maintained a strong academic work ethic in the classroom. She cites athletics as her drive to succeed in her studies.

“I played sports year-round and they kept me focused on doing well in school,” Comings said. “It was a lot of work and not easy, but I guess sports got it done for me.”

Comings acknowledges the strong support system she has around her, not just from her parents, but from her high school coach, Kirk Cheney as a contributor to her successes in life.

“My parents have always pushed me and been so proud of me,” Comings said. “My head coach was a huge role model. He always pushed me and let me know I could accomplish anything. … the ball was in my court.”

Initially, Comings had decided to attend the University of California Santa Cruz where she would attempt to walk-on to the basketball program.

“My high school coach called me and told me about Otero’s coach, and said to follow up. I said, ‘OK, Coach, I’ll listen to you on this one,'” she recalls.

While excited for the opportunity to play the game she loves in college, Comings also accepts the responsibility and dedication the opportunity requires.

In all of her success, Comings has remained grateful to the people who have supported her in her endeavors, including the community that has watched her grow not only as a player, but as a person. It is her positive outlook on life that drives Comings to the success she has enjoyed.

“As far as life in general, do what makes you happy,” she said. “Know that nothing will be handed to you. Try as hard as you want and you can get it.”

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