Goodbye high school; hello college sports

And they’re off.

Five seniors signed on to their committed college sport.

They all look forward to the world of college which lies ahead of them.

Getting to play on any of the softball positions at Northern Oklahoma College, Kaylin Williams is excited for the upcoming experience.

“I’m happy that I got to live my dream that I’ve been working for since I was four,” she said.

She is going to get her associate degree and then go to a four-year college to get her bachelor in education.

Luke Ring, who signed to Oklahoma Baptist University, will be a freshman quarterback. While there, he will compete to play; however, he has to put in more hours.

“[It’s] a lot like a job,” Ring said. “It’s still football, and it’ll still be a blast doing it.”

It took years of dedication and hard work for Ring to get here, but the football team helped him most.

“I’d like to thank my coaches and teammates in Duncan,” he said. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have this opportunity.” 

Just as ecstatic, Hunter Kelly is ready to go up to the next level as a linebacker for Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

“The coaches, they’re really nice,” he said. “These two coaches have a good reputation and have had a good past two seasons.”

The future right tackle for East Central University, Hayden Moore, has had a lot of practice during the summer. He has attended football summer camps. Moore’s dad and brother have a lot of experience.

“They always pushed me to be the best I could be,” he said.

Moore is really excited to be at ECU where he will major in psychology. He has also met with his coaches.

“The coaches are good Christian guys, and it’s a great place to be,” Moore said. “I get to develop myself into a man and become the best person I can be.”

Hayden Pettigrew played against one of the players on Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s tennis team, which brought him something to look forward to.

“[Their coach] offered me a scholarship on the spot,” he said.

There were other schools looking at Pettigrew, but he chose Wesleyan because it felt like home.

Pettigrew’s major is undecided so he can make sure his major will for sure be in psychology. He wants to make a difference for people and let them know someone is there for them.

“I like helping people on the emotional level,” he said.

After Pettigrew graduates from Wesleyan, he plans to go onto medical school and eventually own his own firm after going up the ranks.

All of these athletes will be playing and achieving their futures in sports and in academics.