LHS athletes sign college letters

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Five Lindale High School seniors signed college letters of intent this past week to continue their scholastic and athletic careers following graduation.

Four of the five signed on Wednesday afternoon in the LHS cafeteria while the fifth, softball player Lorin Reue signed on Thursday, also in the cafeteria.

On Wednesday, baseball players Brad Burckel, Kollin McCartney and Jamey Richey signed their letters. Burckel will attend the University of Houston, McCartney will attend Sam Houston State University and Richey will go to Texas State University.

Also on Wednesday, golfer Evan White signed a letter of intent to play at Texas State University.

Thursday, Reue put her name on a scholarship to Navarro College.

LHS Head Softball Coach Meredith Grant recognized her senior standout.

“She’s been a big part of our team for a long time,’’ Grant said. “We are looking forward to more big things this year.’’

LISD Athletic Director Mike Maddox offered his praise for each of the athletes that signed on Wednesday and Thursday.

“You can see how proud your families are of you,’’ Maddox said, referring to the cafeteria packed with not just relatives and friends. “This is one of these proud moments you are going to remember the rest of your life.

“All of us here at Lindale High School are very proud of you and how excited we are to be able to celebrate this occasion with you.’’

LHS Head Baseball coach Rick Sanguinetti and golf coach Ben Shipley praised the scholastic and athletic achievements of the signees.

Sanguinetti, who will begin his third season at the helm of the Eagles this year, recalled the honored players when they were in their first year with the program.

“It was clear when they were just sophomores each one of them were leaders on the team,’’ he said. “They are all mature beyond their years and their dedication is why we are here today.’’

Shipley recalled the first time he encountered Evan White he was when the youngster was in junior high school.

“Jeremy Chilek (Lindale Junior High School Principal) told me about him and said he had the chance to be something special,’’ Shipley said.

The coach pointed out that athletes who rise above the pack rarely do that on talent alone. White, he said, was the perfect example.

“People might say how nice it would be to have this kind of ability, but it’s also about dedication and hard work,’’ he said. “I know (White) has put in thousands of hours to improve. It’s nice to see the dedication and hard work pay off.’’

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