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Texoma Athletes Sign in Pairs

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Two pairs of Texoma athletic stars signed to play their sports at the next level Wednesday.

At Wichita Falls High School, Demetrius Mozeke III and Neil Esteves both signed to play football at McMurry University in Abilene.

Not only will they be teammates at the next level, they will also be roommates. Wednesday, they talked about the advantages of going to college with a friend.

"It means a lot, actually," Mozeke said. "To go with somebody that I know, that I've known for four years, now, it's awesome."

"It's real exciting," said Esteves. "Being able to have the opportunity to go over there, and rooming with someone you know, you're more comfortable over there. Just having family with you over there."

Speaking of family, it was a true family affair at Hirschi High School, as twin brothers Torrance and Terrance Cooper signed to play basketball at Richland College in Dallas.

The two stars played with a lot of great players at Hirschi, including current Big 12 star Marcus Foster. They told us that made them better every day.

"It made me much better," Terrance said. "I had to compete every day against Marcus Foster, my brother, Mack Sillemon, all of them."

"[We would] push each other in practice a lot," agreed his brother Torrance. "We played each other hard in practice, and we just tried to get better every day. We wanted a state title. It didn't come like that, the way we wanted it, but we still played our hearts out."

The two obviously love to play together, and are excited to have someone to rely on in Dallas.

"We've got the chemistry," Torrance said. "We like playing together, I shoot one three, he shoots the next, and we just take turns sometimes."

"I've just got that person that'll always be there for me, no matter what," Terrance added. "If I'm doing bad, he'll tell me, 'Come on, brother, do your thing.'"

WFHS Receives Sportsmanship Award

Wichita Falls High School also received a special honor Wednesday from the North Texas Chapter of Football Officials.

They took home the Bob Schwartz Memorial Sportsmanship Award for their on-field and sideline behavior this past season.

Old High was the large school winner, edging out fellow finalists Graham, Burkburnett and Rider, while City View won among small schools.

Receiving the award, first-year Head Coach Danny Russell, who amazingly is now the longest-tenured WFISD head football coach, said it was a testament to his kids playing the game the right way.