Sports Spotlight: Signing Day- November 14, 2018

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We start the day in Holliday…  Brea Box signing with Abilene Christian to play volleyball. Box exceeded 1000 career kills as a Lady Eagle, earning District MVP honors. 

Brea Box said, “Today is kind of overwhelming.. but knowing that I have four more years and most girls done get that.. I’m so blessed.. I love everyone.”

Another ACU commit, Rider defensive specialist Logan Browning…… Browning is a 3-time 1st-team all-district selection and a 2-time district defensive player of the year.  

Logan Browning said, “Me and Alyssa and Mer, and the Dodson’s have been waiting for this for so long and its something we all just wanted to sign on the same day, and its like been a dream. So Im just so excited that we all get to do it together.”

The 2018 Rider Volleyball team produced five athletes signing with division I schools including twin sisters Lauren and Lindsey Dodson. 
Lindsey earning Defensive Player of the Year honors and Lauren garnering first team all district honors.

Lauren Dodson said, “Its still.. I feel like it hasn’t hit me completely, but it’s getting more real.”

Lindsey Dodson said, “That’s the best feeling to me, because ever since I was really young, I dreamed of playing volleyball. Especially at the college level and to get to do that with my twin sister is amazing.”

Teammate Meredith Fisher will be taking the court at UT-Arlington as a future Maverick. Fisher was named District MVP her senior season. 

Meredith Fisher said, “I chose UTA because I really like the college and the campus and the coaches, and its also really close to home.”

Alyssa Estrada-Hamby is following in the footsteps of her coach, Alysha Humpert, who is an MSU volleyball alum. Estrada-Hamby earning first team all district this season and looking forward to continuing playing the game she loves close to home.

Alyssa Estrada-Hamby said, “It makes me really happy because one of the things that was really important for my mom and me was that she would be able to continue to watch me play volleyball for four more years.”

In soccer, Rider’s Amaya Spearman will soon be a Cardinal. Spearman is a four year starter earning first team all district honors her first three years.

Amaya Spearman said, “The soccer team just got a new coach, and they’re really on the come-up of being a great soccer team. So I am really excited to be apart of that.”

Also staying in town is Old High’s Alyssa Salinas who will join the Midwestern State soccer team. 

Alyssa Salinas said, “It excites me for one, because it is home. My family is here, my friends would be here. It was just a great place. I love the diversity.”

In Henrietta, 4-year-starter….2-time first-team all-district and 2018 District MVP Audrey Gallagher is off to Ouachita Baptist to play volleyball.
Audrey Gallagher said, “Did all the research and found that oh.. we might could go play here so we started talking to the coach, and she came out to a couple showcases and that’s kind of how it happened.”

From boy’s to men’s basketball, two rider raiders also signed… Ben Moffat and Ty Caswell.

Moffat averaged eight points and six rebounds as a junior, but more impressively.. the 6’8 post player sports a 4.8 grade point average. Moffat will head to Rice in the fall. 

Caswell, a 6’6 point guard, has earned district MVP the last two seasons… He’s taking his game to Lubbock Christian.

Finishing off the list of signees… From Burkburnett, Taylor Tournay signed to play softball for Killgore Jr. College, and Graham’s Tatum Trester will be a Lady Chaparral… signing to play softball at Vernon College.

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