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Sports Spotlight: WFHS Coyotes react to captain's 2nd battle with leukemia

WICHITA FALLS - "LG is just one of those kids that as soon as you meet them, you're drawn to them,” said Coyotes head coach Patrick McCauley. “He's just got this huge personality that kind of goes with everything he does. As a kid, as a student, as an athlete, he is his biggest critic and he always wants to do the best job that he can. So as a coach, those are the types of kids that you look for."

 

McCauley and the Wichita Falls Coyote Boys Soccer team will again be without their captain and mid-fielder LG Gonzalez, because the cancer he beat last season, has returned.

 

LG shared the news to his coach earlier this month; his doctors saw something that concerned them in his test results.

 

"I was trying to think positively, I didn't think that he would have to go through it again and then he got the results and he wanted to be the one that tells the team that he was going through it again,” said McCauley. “So, he came up to the school and got the team together and he let everybody know. And just immediately it's an outpouring of love and support from the team and pretty much everybody up here involved at old high, and the community." 

 

The news hit LG's teammates the hardest. They view him more as a brother than a teammate.

 

"I was just like broken, I don't know, it was crazy to think about it again because he had just beat it,” said Coyotes center forward Alex Ramirez. “Everything he went through and everything he's going to have to go through again is just crazy. And I was just broken by it."

 

And they're broken by not having their brother playing along side them.

 

"Even though he's not here, everyone has him in our hearts,” said Armando Acosta, a mid-fielder for the Coyotes. “He brings a smile to everyone's face."

 

"He's a big part of the team, he means a lot to all of us,” said Ramirez. “It's like without him, we're missing a piece of our team. And we're doing everything for him, this season, last season, and the season before, was all dedicated to him."

 

"So not only do we lose a good player, but you lose a good voice in the locker room a positive role model for the younger kids to look up to and it's difficult to fill the void that he's not here,” said McCauley.

 

 His teammates are optimistic he'll once again beat his battle with leukemia.

 

"He knows what he has to do and he's going to do what he has to do,” said Acosta. “He'll be back." 

 

"The attitude that he has, just kind of care free and everybody's friend and positive,” said McCauley. “I think that's what got him through his last battle with cancer and just his positive outlook on life and I know it's going to serve him well as he goes through this again."

 

In a post on social media his positive attitude is on full display – LG proclaiming,  "No worries, I'll be back and better."

 

"LG is just one of those kids that as soon as you meet them, you're drawn to them,” said Coyotes head coach Patrick McCauley. “He's just got this huge personality that kind of goes with everything he does. As a kid, as a student, as an athlete, he is his biggest critic and he always wants to do the best job that he can. So as a coach, those are the types of kids that you look for."

 

McCauley and the Wichita Falls Coyote Boys Soccer team will again be without their captain and mid-fielder LG Gonzalez, because the cancer he beat last season, has returned.

 

LG shared the news to his coach earlier this month; his doctors saw something that concerned them in his test results.

 

"I was trying to think positively, I didn't think that he would have to go through it again and then he got the results and he wanted to be the one that tells the team that he was going through it again,” said McCauley. “So, he came up to the school and got the team together and he let everybody know. And just immediately it's an outpouring of love and support from the team and pretty much everybody up here involved at old high, and the community." 

 

The news hit LG's teammates the hardest. They view him more as a brother than a teammate.

 

"I was just like broken, I don't know, it was crazy to think about it again because he had just beat it,” said Coyotes center forward Alex Ramirez. “Everything he went through and everything he's going to have to go through again is just crazy. And I was just broken by it."

 

And they're broken by not having their brother playing along side them.

 

"Even though he's not here, everyone has him in our hearts,” said Armando Acosta, a mid-fielder for the Coyotes. “He brings a smile to everyone's face."

 

"He's a big part of the team, he means a lot to all of us,” said Ramirez. “It's like without him, we're missing a piece of our team. And we're doing everything for him, this season, last season, and the season before, was all dedicated to him."

 

"So not only do we lose a good player, but you lose a good voice in the locker room a positive role model for the younger kids to look up to and it's difficult to fill the void that he's not here,” said McCauley.

 

 His teammates are optimistic he'll once again beat his battle with leukemia.

 

"He knows what he has to do and he's going to do what he has to do,” said Acosta. “He'll be back." 

 

"The attitude that he has, just kind of care free and everybody's friend and positive,” said McCauley. “I think that's what got him through his last battle with cancer and just his positive outlook on life and I know it's going to serve him well as he goes through this again."

 

In a post on social media his positive attitude is on full display – LG proclaiming,  "No worries, I'll be back and better."


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