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Photo by Dean Humphrey

Leanndra Gilbert, center, gets a hug from Erika Musante after a recent victory by the Colorado Mesa Mavericks. Gilbert is one of three fifth-year seniors on the Mavericks’ men’s and women’s basketball teams who will play their final regular-season home games this weekend. Gilbert has played a key role in the Mavericks’ 49-game home-court winning streak and she has also been a part of a team that has won 94 games over the past four years.

Five years of memories

Trio of fifth-year seniors set for final home weekend

They won’t miss those 6 a.m. conditioning sessions, or trying to walk to class with ice bags strapped to both knees.
Those long bus rides? Yeah, those won’t be missed, but the time spent with their teammates, the practical jokes, those are the best memories for three fifth-year seniors on the Colorado Mesa basketball teams.
Leanndra Gilbert, Landon Vermeer and Michael Melillo all showed up in Grand Junction in the fall of 2010. Five years later, they’re the only players left from their recruiting classes and will play their final regular-season home games this weekend.


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