Weatherford Democrat

Sports

March 29, 2013

Staying close in hopes to go far

—  

By Rick Mauch

Special Contributor

Baseball has been a big part of the Reynolds family for a long time.

Terry Reynolds was a standout player for Weatherford High School before graduating in 1986. So too, was his son Trace a few years ago, going on to play at Howard College.

Now, Trace’s younger brother, Trooper, has hopes of taking the family tradition to a place it’s never been — the professional ranks.

Trooper, a freshman third baseman for Weatherford College, makes his goals quite plain. He wants to play professionally, which is one of two reasons he chose to play at WC. The other reason being his familiarity with the home town Coyotes.

And since he loves Weatherford, playing college baseball in a good program in the place he most adores just made sense.

“I wanted to go to a program where I feel comfortable. Plus, I want to see if I can set myself for the (Major League Baseball) Draft,” Trooper said. “I’ve talked to several scouts.”

Trooper is off to a very strong start in his college career. It’s no surprise scouts are giving him good looks.

They were already looking at him even before he opted to play in college, instead of entering the draft right out of high school. Trooper was a two-time Class 5A All-State selection as a Weatherford Kangaroo and was a high school All-American last season as a senior.

Trooper received offers to play at major college programs, as well, including the likes of TCU, Baylor and Dallas Baptist University — all top-notch programs with winning reputations. But baseball is treated differently from other NCAA sports. If a student-athlete commits to a NCAA Division I school, he must stay at least three years.

For this reason, players with the talent such as Trooper often play for two-year colleges, where they can test themselves in the draft after only one season.

Text Only
Sports
  • 0417 Cyc WHS HHinton WISD board honor WISD board touts local cycler

    Weatherford High freshman Hunter Hinton was recognized by WISD Board members for representing the district in the Texas High School Cycling League. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0417 GSB BROCK SENIOR NITE District, area and regionals provide rash of competition for area schools

    The past few weeks have heralded the conclusion of the regular season for numerous spring competitions, but the seasons are far from over.

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • 0418 TnF TCA state champ boys Local private schools fare well in TCAF state competition

    The Trinity Christian Academy boy’s track team won the TCAF state championship on Saturday at Springtown High School. 

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0416 BBs WHS Terry Massey 400 wins Massey records 400th win

    Weatherford High School Head Baseball Coach Terry Massey was recognized by WISD Board Members on Thursday for recently receiving his 400th career win. 

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • WC to send four, or more, to CNFR

    BIG SPRING, Tex. – With one rodeo to go in the regular season, four Weatherford College cowboys have already clinched a berth in the College National Finals Rodeo and the WC men are holding on to a slim lead for a nationals berth as a team.

    April 16, 2014

  • 0413 GSb WHS SrNite Lady Roos top Lamar, celebrate Senior Night

    A very thorough accounting of Weatherford softball’s seniors, who were honored on Friday at Lady Roos Field prior to the final district home game, was followed by an even more thorough pummeling of Arlington Lamar’s Lady Vikings.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roo football’s Lift-A-Thon dual-purpose event

    The Weatherford Football Booster Club is touting an up coming event in hopes of generating excitement as the spring football practice sessions loom nearer, and to raise funds to benefit Weatherford ISD athletics.

    April 13, 2014

  • 0413 TnF WHS Madison Cooley Aledo sweeps district meet; WHS’ Cooley tops field

    Aledo track & field dominated the District 7-4A meet held on Wednesday and Thursday at Aledo  High School, sweeping all four divisions in the process.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0413 TnF WCS state qualifiers WCS sends athletes to state meet

    The Weatherford Christian School track team sent nearly a dozen qualifiers to the TCAF state meet this weekend as a result of a stellar showing at the district meet. 

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports in brief

    Rangers mark 20 years in ballpark 

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have been to consecutive World Series, had a perfect game and hosted Major League Baseball’s first regular-season interleague game since moving into their ballpark 20 years ago.

    April 11, 2014

Latest NASCAR Headlines
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case