“But my game really improved when I started playing club volleyball.”
Coplen’s improvement before entering high school earned her a varsity slot on the Lady Hounds squad as a freshman, offering up some starry eyes in thr process, which she readily admits.
“Courtney Haney (former Peaster standout athlete) was really my idol,” the middle hitter said, “and to have the opportunity to play with her and those other girls — and get to go to regionals and the state tournament — it was just a great experience for me.”
Haney’s eventual signing to play at North Central Texas College in Gainesville provided more inspiration for Coplen to continue her athletic career, and when she began getting offers in her junior year, the dream became reality.
Ink on the dotted line taken care of, packing for life in Lawton ahead, Coplen also admits to a minor malady emerging in her last few weeks of prep school.
“Senioritis is definitely beginning to kick in,” Kelsie said.
Tyler Nelson — University of Mary Hardin-Baylor — Baseball
BROCK — Tyler Nelson and the Eagles are on the cusp of beginning another run in the state playoffs, and the senior is glad to shed one more task off his to-do list before beginning the march.
“I’m really happy about getting [the offer and the letter-of-intent] done,” Nelson said. “It really takes a lot of the stress off my back.”
Amidst a formidable gathering on Thursday at Brock High School, well-wishing attendees helped Tyler celebrate his national letter-of-intent signing to attend and play baseball for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, which is located in Belton.
A mutual feeling developed between Tyler and the UMHB coaching staff, ultimately making his decision a confident one.
“The pitching coach and I connected right away and I just feel like I can contribute to the team,” Nelson said. “The UMHB program is really a good one and they kept in touch with me.