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Millsap senior pitcher Lane Brian, seated center, signed an LOI with OPSU Friday afternoon.

Millsap senior pitcher Lane Brian took the next step toward continuing his playing career Friday afternoon in the high school’s gym, as the upperclassman signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma Panhandle State to play baseball.

Bulldogs’ Head Baseball Coach Paul Vaughan said Brian is more than deserving of the opportunity to play at the next level, citing the senior’s work ethic. 

“I’m super excited for him,” Vaughan said.

“He’s a great young man who works hard. He’s up here all the time, whether we’re practicing or not. He’s gonna do well.

“He’s been the ace of our staff for the last two years, we’re definitely glad to have him back to see what he can do his senior year.”

Brian himself said the opportunity to play in college has been the realization of a lifelong dream.

“It’s pretty exciting, it’s been a dream of mine since I can remember,” Brian said.

The senior added that OPSU felt like the right choice from the moment he stepped on campus. 

“Whenever I showed up, the coaches gave me a tour and it felt like home,” Brian said.

“It just felt right.”

As for his time with the Bulldogs, Brian said it is bittersweet knowing this is his last year to compete alongside his teammates in Millsap.

“It’s kind of sad, but I’m ready for this season,” Brian said.

“I’m hoping we can go pretty far this year.”

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