Four Rider High School athletes signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday to play their sports in college!
Three of them will be Midwestern State Mustangs in the fall, including a pair of Lady Raider volleyball standouts.
Kendall Chamberlain and Kiley Beaver signed together to join the Mustang volleyball team. Chamberlain was recently named District 5-5A Setter of the Year, while Beaver earned Blocker of the Year honors.
They'll join former Holliday standout Sarah Garfield, who later that day was named to the all-Lone Star Conference 2nd Team. Her father is former Rider head football coach Jim Garfield.
Both girls talked about the lure of playing with girls they're familiar with at MSU.
"That played a really big part in my decision on going to Midwestern," Chamberlain said. "Honestly, I thought I wanted to get out of town, but then I went to my tryout last December and it just completely changed my mind in five seconds. I was like, 'I have to go to Midwestern and play!'"
Beaver had been even more intent on staying in Wichita Falls. "I've never been the type of person to want to get away from home," she said. "I love Wichita Falls. I've moved seven times in my life, and I think I've finally found home. And I'm glad to continue my volleyball career here."
Over at the Rider HS library, another Lady Raider was signing to become a Mustang. Lauren Tisdale signed to run for the Mustang Cross Country and Track teams. She was a solid contributor to the Lady Raiders in her senior season, with a season-best time of 21:10.04 in the 5K.
And in the Rider batting cages, Dylan Hutcheson signed to play baseball at Division I Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday. Hutcheson earned first-team all-District 5-4A this past spring and caught the eye of the Islanders coaching staff at a showcase this summer.
He said the on-field adjustment shouldn't be too difficult, but he realizes the academic side will be much tougher at the college level. "My biggest adjustment is going to be my studies, honestly," Hutcheson said.
"I'm not trying to sound cocky saying it, but with baseball, I think I'll be fine transitioning to college and working out every day with the guys. But studies, getting on it, doing it all by myself, that'll be the hardest thing."