— By GREG WEBB
During the past five-plus months, a considerable amount of ink has been dedicated to the ‘signing on the dotted line’ for area student-athletes, as the hard work in their respective athletic pursuits has facilitated the opportunity to further their education, with the added bonus of continuing their career in a sport in which they have not only been adept, but have excelled.
At least forty now-graduated high school students from Parker County prep schools, as well as Weatherford College alum, who committed to colleges or universities during the first part of 2013, will hit the books again in the fall, while continuing to hone athletic skills.
Most next-level scholars have been recognized with media-reported signing ceremonies and celebration, but there are certainly more from the county who may yet have the opportunity to sign or have done so ‘under the radar.’
Seven of the public prep high schools in the county sent former students to the next level, representing nine sports.
Nation-wide, student-athletes have other tools and opportunities at their disposal to help promote themselves and take advantage of enhanced communication with prospective colleges.
Off-season leagues to play particular sports virtually year-round are more available than ever, providing another display of their skills to college programs.
And while the formidable number of national letter-of-intent signings from the area can be attributed to some of these available vehicles, the hard work to improve and the incentive to excel scholastically, as well as athletically, remain the root of successfully advancing to the next level.
One shining example of the growing proclivity by local schools helping their kids continue their education and athletic participation is the Peaster varsity volleyball program.
Of the seven seniors on the 2012-13 Lady Greyhounds varsity team, four were offered the opportunity and signed letters-of-commitment to attend and play volleyball at the next level.