ND's Johnston signs with Vernon College volleyball

Notre Dame senior Keeley Johnston signs to play volleyball at Vernon College / Source: KAUZ
Notre Dame senior Keeley Johnston signs to play volleyball at Vernon College / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The recent run of high school signings continued with Notre Dame multi-sport standout Keeley Johnston!

She will play volleyball for the Lady Chaps of Vernon College after putting pen to paper Wednesday.

Johnston helped lead the Lady Knights to the second round of the TAPPS 1A volleyball playoffs this year, but when we talked with her today she actually credited her basketball coach, Steve Smith, with pushing her to play volleyball in college.

"He was the one who was like, 'I really think you could do it,'" Johnston said. "And I was like, 'I mean, yeah I do.' And he was like, 'No. Keeley, just listen to me. I'll do it.' And I was like, 'Ok.' And so he started talking and Coach Booth came and she saw me play, and I tried out and everything fell from there."

She said she's not sure if she'll continue playing at the net as she has in high school, or if she might move to another position in college, but that she would definitely have to adjust to the speed of the college game, especially coming from the private-school ranks.

Johnston said she hopes, after playing in Vernon, to be able to transfer to Midwestern and possibly keep playing close to home.

Battle Signs with UAB Football

Former Hirschi football star Cedric Battle signed Wednesday with the University of Alabama-Birmingham, after spending two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX.

Battle was a dynamic runner for the Huskies, earning Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year honors from the AP after his senior season in 2014, in which he rushed for 2,621 yards and 30 touchdowns.

He made an official visit to UAB on Saturday, and signed with the Blazers on Wednesday, which was the National Signing Day for junior-college players.

UAB is re-forming its football program for 2017-18 after taking the past two seasons off. The school had announced it was cutting football after the 2014-15 season, but an overwhelming public outcry led to a reversal of that decision the following year. The Blazers will compete, as they did before, in Conference USA.

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