Texoma Athletes Heading to the Next Level

Wednesday was the first day of the Early Signing Period for prospective student athletes to sign National Letters of Intent, and three Wichita Falls athletes took advantage.

Foster Headed to Little Apple

Hirschi basketball star Marcus Foster signed to play for Coach Bruce Weber at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Foster said Coach Weber compared him to another North-Texas area guard Weber once coached, The Colony native and NBA star Deron Williams.

"I feel he can get my game where I want it to be," said Foster. "He says me and Deron Williams are built just alike and he says he can change my game, you know. Become more of a point guard, really. Because they know I can score but I have to become more of a point guard."

Foster also cited the basketball-crazed fans of Kansas State as part of his decision.

Two Lady Raiders Sign

Across town, at Rider High School two disparate seniors signed letters of intent. One holds almost every record in the Lady Raider softball record book, while the other has yet to play a game in the black and gold.

New Texas A&M signee Abby Donnell has been a star since she was a freshman. In her three years on varsity, she's become a dominant force both in the pitcher's circle and at the plate.

She has struck out a Rider-record 615 batters in three seasons, while collecting 212 hits, 39 triples and 87 stolen bases. She holds the top three seasons in Rider history in batting average, slugging percentage and triples.

She committed to the Aggies almost two years ago, and finally made it official on Wednesday.

"I've been waiting for two years and it's just finally a dream come true," said Donnell.

She said Texas A&M's tradition was a big part of her decision. "I love tradition, and they have a big tradition at their school," Donnell said.

On the other hand, East Texas Baptist signee Katy Hill is a new transfer student at Rider. She played her first three high school seasons in Class 5A at South Grand Prairie High School.

"It's a little bit different, but I'm really excited where I am," said Hill. "Yes, I did transfer and I'm new and I'm just signing with a school, but I really love Rider already. I already feel welcome and I'm happy to be here."

In her junior year at South Grand Prairie, Hill batted .384 with ten doubles, 27 runs scored, 20 driven in and six stolen bases, earning All-District 7-5A first-team honors.

Note: Iowa Park softball catcher Baylee Voigt will sign with Midwestern State on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the IPHS library.