Weatherford Democrat

June 23, 2013

Area schools spawn bumper crop of next-level athletes in 2013


Weatherford Democrat

— 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.

“I’ve been coaching these kids for two years,” said Peaster head volleyball coach Autumn Threet, speaking recently at the signing celebration for Shalie Case, the fourth volleyball player to commit. “I think it’s just now hitting me emotionally that I’m losing these girls.

“They are very special kids and I know they are all going to be very successful at college.”

Threet, who took over the Peaster volleyball program two years ago after a stint at Springtown, expressed delight in being an influence to help the foursome to continue their educational and athletic careers.

“I think this is very impressive,” she said. “I have never seen four teammates go on to a college scholarship, especially at a [Class] 2A school. I’m just extremely proud.”

Threet, who actively helped the girls through the process of establishing next-level contacts, is resolved to help send more of her players to play college ball and hopes [this year’s commits] will pave the way to further promote  the conception that kids from “smaller schools” can indeed play at the college level.

Student-Athlete            Sport               From       Destination

Ciandra Seabourn Volleyball              Springtown         Vernon College

Shay Phillips Baseball             Brock         Wharton County College

Jordan Harvey Volleyball             Weatherford         Williams Baptist College

Morgan Ashmore Softball             Brock         Howard Payne University

Shambry Sanders                 Softball             Brock         Western Texas College

Thomas Loving Football             Springtown          Central Arkansas University

Willie Gibson Football             Aledo             Tyler College

Lexi Barton Soccer             Aledo         Washburn University

Pate Davis Football             Aledo         Air Force Academy

Bailey Scott Soccer             Aledo University of Louisiana/Lafayette

Willie Maloney Soccer                     Aledo         Austin College

Hayden Davis Football           Weatherford         Malone University

Tawnye Bramlett Softball           Weatherford         Hill College

Caleb Frysinger Football             Aledo              S’western Assemblies of God U.

Travis Gough Tennis             Aledo           McMurray University

Ashley Smith Volleyball             Aledo           Cameron University

Emily Ditmore Softball     Weatherford College          Univ. of Central Oklahoma

Kortney Koroll Softball     Weatherford College          Texas State University

Katy Vandewater Softball     Weatherford College          Midwestern State Univ.

Kylee Studioso Softball     Weatherford College          Univ. of Central Arkansas

Carolyn Clayton Softball     Weatherford College          Harding University

Luci Ponce Softball     Weatherford College          Texas Woman’s University

Samantha Alegria Softball     Weatherford College          Texas Woman’s University

Kelsie Coplen Volleyball             Peaster           Cameron University

Tyler Nelson Baseball             Brock           Mary Hardin-Baylor Univ.

Jonathan Mitchell Track & Field           Weatherford           Stephen F. Austin St. Univ.

Garrett Gaines Baseball             Brock            Cisco College

Lou Hawkins Basketball             Weatherford           Weatherford College

Seth Cooke Rodeo             Weatherford           Weatherford College

Anne Todd Rodeo             Weatherford           Weatherford College

Will Graham Soccer             Weatherford           Ranger College

Robert Brennand Soccer             Weatherford           Ranger College

Lauren Power Volleyball             Millsap           Vernon College

Shalie Case Volleyball             Peaster           Midland College

Braylee Flaska Volleyball             Brock           Hill College

Kaila Vlahopoulos Softball             Brock           Central Christian College

Callie Tuckness Volleyball             Peaster           Redlands College

Trevor Scroggins Basketball             Poolville           Hill College

Rebecca Dauenhauer Volleyball              Springtown            North Central Texas College

 

Note: The above may not be a comprehensive listing for Parker County athletes who signed letters of intent in 2013, as commitments are allowed until August and the Democrat may not have been informed of some signings. All Parker County schools are urged to contact Democrat Sports prior to any signing celebration to allow a reporter to be on site. Contact: sports@weatherforddemocrat.com