Taking It To Next Level: Area athletes sign in variety of sports

May 28, 2014

A handful of area athletes recently signed letters-of-intent to play their respective sport in college.

Granbury pitcher Nathan Hickey, who set a school record with a 0.32 earned run average, has signed with Paris Junior College. Hickey is also only the third pitcher in GHS history to strike out 100 batters in a season.

Hickey also struck out 99 his junior season.

Tolar pole vaulter Reagan Mabery established a school record that can only be matched and not broken with four consecutive trips to the Class 2A State Track and Field Meet. She will be competing for Abilene Christian University in the future.

Carolina Bianchi led the North Central Texas Academy Lady Pioneers to their fourth consecutive Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class A state championship this season. She will be playing for Cisco Junior College.

Two four-year varsity members of the Lipan Lady Indians basketball team will be playing in college. Shauna Coleman has signed with Angelo State University, and Kayla Wheeler has signed with Arlington Baptist College.

During their four years, the Lady Indians reached the Class A Division II State Tournament three times, including this past season. They finished second in 2012.

OFF TO PARIS: Granbury’s heralded pitcher Nathan Hickey (seated, center) has received a full scholarship to play for the Paris Junior College Dragons. Hickey set a school record with his 0.32 ERA this season, along with striking out 100 batters. In posting an 8-1 record, he threw a perfect game, two one-hitters and a pair of two-hitters. The GHS senior was recently selected to play in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Star Game June 14 in Round Rock. Pictured with him are his parents (seated) Bill and Melinda Hickey, along with head coach Brad Eppler (standing, right) and assistant coach Trent Phillips.

ARLINGTON-BOUND: Kayla Wheeler (seated, center) of the Lipan Lady Indians has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball for Arlington Baptist College. Wheeler was a four-year varsity player for the Lady Indians, helping them reach state three times (2011-12, 2014). Wheeler also received Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class A All-Region III honors. Pictured with her are (also seated) her parents Marla and Rickey Wheeler, along with (standing, from left) Lady Indians coach Amber Branson, Arlington Baptist coach Clifton McDaniel, and her brother Kyle Wheeler.

NEXT STOP, ANGELO STATE: Lipan Lady Indian basketball player Shauna Coleman (seated, right) has signed a letter-of-intent to play for Angelo State University. Coleman led the Lady Indians to three appearances at the Class A Division II State Tournament in 2011-12 and this past season, when they were ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the campaign. Coleman was also a two-time all-state selection. Pictured with her are her mother Tina Coleman (seated, left), along with (standing, from left) her grandparents Debra and Jack Moore, and Lipan head coach Amber Branson.

HELLO CISCO: Carolina Bianchi (left) of the North Central Texas Academy Lady Pioneers has signed a letter-of-intent to play for Cisco Junior College. Bianchi, an all-state athlete, led the Lady Pioneers to their fourth consecutive TAPPS Class A state championship this season. Pictured with her is NCTA head coach Jodie Stevens.

A WILDCAT NOW: Tolar pole vaulter Reagan Mabery (seated, right) has signed a letter-of-intent to compete for Abilene Christian University, a tradition-rich college track program. Mabery qualified for state in each of her four seasons vaulting for Tolar, twice finishing fourth, fifth once, and sixth another season despite battling injury. Pictured with her are Tolar athletic director Brad Morgan (seated, left), along with (standing, from left) her parents Brandon and Jenny Mabery, and Tolar vaulting coach Scotty Miller.

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Category: Granbury Sports, Lipan Sports, Private School Sports, Tolar Sports