It should be relatively easy for the baseball coaching staff at Hardin-Baylor to promote a family atmosphere among its team members. Head coach Ben Shipp, who took over the reins a couple of years ago at UMHB, is assisted by sons Kyle and Nate Shipp.
After checking out the school and its curricular offerings, Nelson, who looks to a career as a pharmacist, felt he has found a home for the next few years.
“The school is really nice,” he said, “and they have all of the curriculum I need for a pre-med major.”
Tyler’s to-do list still has an entry left, just above the graduation ceremony.
“Playing for Brock has been a very special experience for me. This program has taught me how to win.
“We got really close to the state championship last year, and that just gives me the desire to push even harder so I can help this team get back there, again.”
Jonathan Mitchell — Stephen F. Austin — Track & Field
WEATHERFORD — WHS senior Jonathan Mitchell celebrated his intentions for the coming fall at The Outback on Friday morning. WISD track coaches, Executive Athletic Director Richard Scoggin and of course, mom, were all on hand. The tall senior will attend Stephen F. Austin and join the Lumberjacks Track & Field team to continue his career in the high jump.
The beginning of Mitchell’s recruiting process came via U.S. Mail, around the start of the 2013 track season.
“I got a letter from Stephen F. Austin Coach (Dess) Meek,” the high jump specialist said. “I thought it looked like the real deal, and when I showed it to [Weatherford track] Coach (Debra) Wood she said ‘Well congratulations. You just got a recruiting letter.’
“I emailed Coach Meek, who is the high jump coach at SFA, so she scheduled a recruiting visit. The visit [to Nacogdoches] went really well.