Kate Bramlett and Elizabeth Morton understandably miss their former Granbury High tennis coach.
But they won’t be missing Jeff Bramlett long.
Wednesday, the duo announced they have signed a letter-of-intent to play for Kate’s dad and their former coach at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.
They, along with Granbury Lady Pirate soccer player Kelci Slaughter, were part of National Signing Day Wednesday. Slaughter will play soccer for the University of North Texas next season.
While they were not on hand for Wednesday’s event, Granbury football player Brandon Johnson had previously verbally committed to Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., and Pirate soccer player Shaun Gomez announced he will play for Ranger.
“We’re starting from the ground floor. It’s going to be exciting,” said Bramlett of rejoining her father, who resigned from GHS in January to take the ETBU job.
Last spring Bramlett and Morton became the first Granbury High tennis players to reach state in more than five decades. They advanced in girls doubles, and both are set to make another run before leaving for college.
“They’ve got unfinished business here,” said Denise Scott, interim tennis coach. “I wish they weren’t graduating, but it’s going to be great for them.”
Morton said she didn’t have to think long before committing to rejoin her former coach.
“I was upset when I heard coach Bramlett was leaving, so it will be great to be playing for him again,” said Morton. “I already felt like I was a part of ETBU before I committed.”
Slaughter said her decision to play for UNT was based on the school having “a good mix of academics and athletics.”
She plans to major in accounting.
“They have a good masters program,” she said.
“I’m really excited about playing in college with a new team. I’m ready to meet new people.”
Bramlett said she will major in biology or kinesiolgy. Morton will be a math major.
“It’s amazing for Kelci. They have a really good soccer program at UNT,” said Lady Pirate soccer coach David Winkleman.
Slaughter is in her fourth varsity season with the Lady Pirates. In 2011, she helped the Lady Pirates to their best season in team history, finishing 18-8 and advancing to the fourth round of the playoffs.
She was also named the district defensive newcomer of the year that season. She garnered first-team all-district honors each of the past two seasons.
Along with reaching state with Morton last season, Bramlett advanced to the regional tournament with her brother James in mixed doubles in 2011 and in girls singles in 2012. She narrowly missed a berth at state in each of those seasons.
Morton also advanced to regionals in girls singles in 2012.
Both helped the GHS team tennis squad advance to regionals each of the past three seasons.
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