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Five Texoma Seniors Sign Tuesday

Coyote Pair Signs Together

Jaydon Martinez and Michael "Big Mike" Smith have been teammates since they were little. Well, in the case of one of them, since they were young.

"I mean, he was still 'Big Mike,'" Martinez says of his friend. "He was still six-foot tall 'Big Mike' [in first and second grade]."

But the two were "Little Coyotes" together, and grew into big Coyotes, leading Old High's surprise run into the Class 4A Division II State Quarterfinals their senior season.

On Tuesday, they sat next to each other as each signed to play college football.

Smith will play for the Pioneers of Wayland Baptist, where he's been told he'll play center. It's a position he hasn't played before, but he said he's happy to adjust.

Martinez will join the Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce, where he'll initially be the team's long snapper while working to get faster and break into the rotation at linebacker.

""When I first strapped on the shoulder pads, Jaydon was right next to me," Smith said. "I wouldn't rather sign with anybody else but Jaydon Martinez."

Henrietta's Fletcher to Pitch at Vernon College

Henrietta's Conner Fletcher joined the fun Tuesday as he signed to pitch at Vernon College.

He expects to be a relief pitcher for the Chaparrals after a solid career as a Bearcat.

He said he had offers from several other schools, but Vernon just felt like home to him.

"I went down there for a visit, the coaches, staff, and all the facilities were great," Fletcher said. "They gave me a great visit. It just felt right, they have a good program, a good winning program and that's what I want to be a part of.

He also praised his Henrietta coaches and teammates for pushing him to be better.

"Coach Sims, and all the teammates I had, pushed me all four years," Fletcher said. "That's going to come in handy when it comes to college, when we're going down the stretch. This program is just a great program, he has worked really hard with me and it's taught me a lot."

City View's Grubbs Signs with Oklahoma Wesleyan

City View High School senior Earvin Grubbs signed to play college basketball for Oklahoma Wesleyan University Tuesday.

He averaged 13 points and nine rebounds per game in his senior season at City View.

OWU may sound familiar to Texoma fans as the team that upset Midwestern State this year on New Year's Day.

The Eagles finished this past season at 25-10 overall, reaching the second round of the NAIA Division II Tournament.

Grubbs said this signing day was a culmination of a lot of hard work to get himself noticed by college teams.

"I went to a lot of tryouts and a lot of camps and stuff," Grubbs said. "Eventually I got the perfect fit, and it felt like home so that's what I chose."

Notre Dame's Fisher Chooses Kansas Wesleyan

Another Texoma athlete who had to work to get noticed was Notre Dame's Michelle Fisher. She'll join the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan University.

Fisher, who averaged 15 points per game as a Lady Knight senior, wasn't sure she'd get a chance to play college basketball. But Tuesday she said she's glad to have the chance.

"I'm really excited, there was a time when I didn't think I could play next year," Fisher said. "I finally found a team I think I'm going to fit in well with. I like the coaches, I like the players. I think it's going to be great."
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