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Bullard native Minta Spears nominated as Sportsperson of the Year

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Starting every game as a redshirt freshman, Bullard native Minta Spears is becoming the face of the Texas Tech women's basketball program. But her play on the court can't match her contributions off it, and the Big 12 conference has taken notice.

"She's a natural born leader," Minta's dad Randy Spears said. APEC trainer Kyle Heck,who has worked out Minta, added,"She pours her heart and soul into everything she does."

Those words describe Minta Spears. The Texas Tech basketball player has been nominated for the Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year. "Some of the girls have done some awesome things, and its such an honor to be associated with them," Minta said.

But Spears deserves to be up for an award that recognizes sportsmanship and citizenship within the community. The East Texan is active in helping with the Food Bank, special needs kids, and Angle Tree. "I'm only going to have this platform as a student athlete for five years so I'm going to make the most of it and make the biggest difference I can," Minta said.

Minta has also made a difference in Uganda where she just spent a second summer doing missionary work. "The thing about Minta is that she loves the Lord," Randy said. "She wants to share Jesus in everything that she does." Minta added, "I was raised to always do the right thing and work hard and I just try to live by those principles."

Minta , the youngest nominee for the award, is also the Lady Raiders team captain. All the success for the Bullard native comes as no surprise to those who know her best. "Its been fun to watch her grow and develop," Heck said. "We are not surprised that she is where she is. By the time she is a junior or senior I was telling randy she may be president of the United States."

Minta's dad Randy finished by saying, "Sandy and I are just very proud of the person she is and that she is going to be."

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