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Falcon Athletes Leave the Nest

December 8, 2015

Sports teams are very competitive at both the high school and college level. In the final years of high school, athletes are forced to make the decision of either continuing their sport or stopping forever. Narrowing down and searching for colleges that need athletes is difficult for students. Some Falcon athletes are already committing to colleges. Senior Kendall Rollins signed with The University of Mary Hardin Baylor to play basketball.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to continue my basketball career at University of Mary Hardin Baylor. It was an extraordinary feeling to be wanted by a school just for my talent,” Rollins said. “The coach and the staff there have made me feel very welcome and are more than ecstatic to have me there next fall. I can’t wait to begin my journey and see where life takes me, on and off the court.”

Narrowing down colleges is work enough. It is easy to get stuck and not know what direction to go in. Talking to coaches, parents or counselors is the best way to help make decisions regarding colleges. Senior Drew Guthrie knew he wanted to play baseball at Harding University since he was a young child. Guthrie visited Harding University and attended camps to make himself known to the coach.

“Go find the college do not make them find you,” Guthrie said. “Go see the college and let them know you are interested.”

More OTHS senior athletes have signed to play sports in college. These seniors include Brittany Panetti for basketball at at University of New Mexico, Marissa Langer for golf at UT Dallas and Nick Hutchison to play baseball at A&M Kingsville. Aspiring college athletes, pay attention to deadlines and narrow down college choices.

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