Tigers take the next step

It’s that time of the year again when Broken Arrow’s most coveted athletes are recognized by the community and the collegiate world by publicly announcing the school they will play their sport for. Yes, it’s signing day. On Feb. 1, the Broken Arrow Varsity Club hosted the event where numerous athletes who have been Tigers for the past four years took their talents to the next level. Guest speaker Sam Belt, a 2003 BAHS graduate who played college basketball at the University of Central Oklahoma and professionally in Australia, was this year’s featured speaker.

“Less than five percent of all high school athletes go on to play college, so you guys are an elite group of players,” said Belt, looking to his right and left at the line of athletes on each side. “As you go into college, if you start working hard now, you’re going to build a platform for the rest of your life. Once you find out you can work hard and are determined then you are going to have success.”

This opportunity that Broken Arrow gives its athletes is its last way to honor the students before they make the next step in their lives. The student-athletes that the focus was on have been senior-leaders, team captains, and prime examples for underclassmen both on the playing field and in the classroom. Senior softball player Mikalyn Strother has recently committed to Murray State, and her four years at Broken Arrow have done a solid job at preparing her for playing in college.

“After being at BA, I know that if I work really hard it will pay off,” Strother said. “I’m excited about how challenging college softball will be. Being able to be in Signing Day makes me feel like I worked really hard to earn this opportunity.”

Along with Strother, many other BA senior-athletes are excited to see what they can do at the collegiate level. Senior golfer Andrew Skinner is a recent Ottawa University commit and he is ready to compete right out of high school.

“It’s exciting to commit to a college because now I know I’m going to be able to play golf at the next level,” Skinner said.

Broken Arrow wishes only the best for all of these talented athletes as they take on the next challenge in both their playing careers and their lives. Make sure to catch the end of the season for basketball, swimming and wrestling, and be ready to come out and support Broken Arrow’s spring sports.

Congratulations to the following student athletes:
Colton Croft, Murray State College
Austin Hulet, Fort Scott CC
Landon Hulet, Fort Scott CC
Hunter Little, Fort Scott CC
Declan Spurlock, Northeastern State University

Girls Basketball
Claire Nichols, Southwestern College

Boys Cross Country/Track
Collin Carpenter, Dodge City CC

Blake Batson, Northeastern State University
Robert Calhoun, Missouri Baptist University
Skyler Haynes, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Jeremiah Holliday, Henderson State University
Carder Key, University of Montana
C.J. Myers, Pittsburg State University
Austyn Romine, Southwestern College
LeDarren Walker, Northeastern A&M
Cade Yeager, Northeastern State University

Boys Golf
Harrison Gearhart, Northeastern State University
Andrew Skinner, Ottawa University

Girls Golf
Baylee Brewer, Southern Arkansas University

Boys Soccer
Noah Harris, Fort Hays State University
Hunter Meeks-Riner, McPherson College

Girls Soccer
Paulina Chavez, Northeastern State University
Sommer Franks, Northeastern State University
Hailey Gonzalez, Allen CC
Kaylee Cheyenne Gragg, East Central University
Lauren Keck, East Central University
Jessica Misquez, Oral Roberts University
Mollie Nance, East Central University
Sarah Ward, Manhattan Christian College
Rachel Wilkins, Northeastern State University

Madison Henson, Independence CC
Elizabeth McKellip, Northern Oklahoma JC
Abigal Parks, Cowley County CC
Mikalyn Strother, Murray State College

Mia Bledsoe, Pittsburg State University
Kamryn Smith, Coffeyville CC

Tyler Lawley, Newman University