WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A pair of local Texoma high school standouts signed to play their sports at the next level Wednesday.
Hirschi's Trae Jones signed to play basketball for Midwestern State University. The reigning District 6-4A MVP also broke the WFISD single-season 3-point field goals record in his junior year. He said the opportunity to play in front of his hometown fans helped him to chose MSU, even when he had interest from several Division I programs.
"It's something special," Jones said. "Having the home crowd fans come support me at MSU means a lot. I'm looking forward to creating a legacy there and carrying that on. I know everyone's going to be behind me, rooting me on. So I know it's going to be pretty fun."
As a Mustang, he'll get to team up with someone he has faced off against since junior high, Burkburnett's Case Caldwell. Caldwell, who starred the past two seasons as Burkburnett after breaking out for Archer City as a sophomore, committed to MSU on Monday.
Speaking of Archer City, Lady Cat multi-sport star Audry Lopez also put pen to paper Wednesday. She will play volleyball for Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. Lopez was named 1st-team All-State at the libero position by the TSWA as a senior, and helped lead the Lady Cats to two UIL State Tournaments, including a State Finalist finish her senior year.
At TVCC, Lopez will be coached by former Archer City standout Brittney Griffith, who also played two years for the Lady Cardinals.
She said she chose volleyball over other sports such as softball, where she's one of the area's best hitters, is because of the energy in the game. "It's so fast-paced; it's so energetic," she said. "I love the energy during the game. That's really why I picked volleyball over the others. Just so much energy."
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