Rider, Hirschi seniors heading to the next level

Rider's Taylor McCoy and A'Zharia Veasy signed Friday to compete at the college level / Source: KAUZ
Rider's Taylor McCoy and A'Zharia Veasy signed Friday to compete at the college level / Source: KAUZ
Hirschi's Javen Banks signed to play football at Texas State on Friday / Source: KAUZ
Hirschi's Javen Banks signed to play football at Texas State on Friday / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Hirschi football senior Javen Banks signed on Friday afternoon to play for FBS Texas State University in San Marcos!

He was a star going both ways for the Huskies, as a top receiver and also a solid defensive back on their state quarterfinalist team. He becomes the 7th member of that team to sign to play college football.

Banks said being a part of that group is truly special.

"It means a lot to me, honestly, because we worked for it," Banks said. "And all of us have been together since we were in Boys Club, so for us to achieve all of that, that means a lot."

Rider pair heading to next level

Rider track star A'Zhariah Veasy signed to run for Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Friday in the Rider Fieldhouse.

Veasy has broken four Rider school records this season and has qualified for the UIL State meet in the 400-meter run, which she said was her favorite event. She said she's excited to continue running at the next level in Durant.

"I enjoy running a lot, even though sometimes it kills me," Veasy said. "But I just like to do it for fun and just, it's like my life, kinda. I've been running for so long now, it's the only thing I ever do, really."

Also, Rider's Taylor McCoy signed to be a preferred walk-on to the Abilene Christian University softball team. She actually had originally set her mind on playing college basketball, but after a series of injuries on the court, she turned her attention to softball.

"It's extremely exciting," McCoy said. "I've always had a dream of going to play college ball, either softball or basketball. So to follow my dream is really exciting for me."