Prep notebook: Eastwood's Preston Anderson commits to Faulkner

Prep notebook: Eastwood's Preston Anderson commits to Faulkner

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Prep notebook: Eastwood's Preston Anderson commits to Faulkner

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Eastwood Christian senior utility player Preston Anderson has committed to play baseball at Faulkner University.

Anderson has been dreaming of playing collegiate baseball since he was 7 and said God guided him in his decision to play for the Eagles.

The 2012 AISA All-State All-Star received academic and athletic scholarships from Faulkner, which perfectly met his criteria of an in-state, Christian college.

“I just wanted to play for a good Christian coach, wanted to go to a solid program and go with a good Christian education,” Anderson said. “I feel fantastic about my decision.”

Anderson wanted to make his decision before the end of the season so his full focus could be on the diamond as Eastwood (10-12) enters the Class AA playoffs.

The Warriors play a doubleheader against EMCA in the first round of the playoffs Friday at Faulkner.

Eastwood is coming off a 12-1 victory over EMCA on Tuesday when Anderson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. The Warriors have won all three matchups against EMCA this season.

“First all it’s a God thing, all the glory goes to him,” Anderson said. “Once he made that decision clear, it was like he took every bit of the weight off my shoulders. I was at peace and finally made the decision. I could quit thinking so much about it and focus on helping Eastwood Christian right now. It’s a huge weight off my shoulders to have that decision made.”

Cox is Byrant-Jordan honoree

Trinity senior Tanner Cox received the Class 3A Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Award on April 8 based on his athletic and academic achievements.

Cox was selected out of 96 other scholar-athletes and has a 4.3 GPA. He was the Wildcats’ leading scorer this basketball season (11.3 points per game) and earned Advertiser Class 1A-3A Honorable Mention. He also is a defender for the soccer team and was named First Team All-Metro his junior year.

Cox is the president of Trinity’s Student Government Association and is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Cox plans on joining his sister Emily Cox at Auburn University in the fall to study biomedical sciences.

“It definitely feels great to know that everything you’ve worked at every day pays off in the long run,” Cox said. “To be able to get a scholarship to help educate yourself and advance further in life, it was a great honor to know that people recognize that.”

Rebellious Wildcat

Former Trinity kicker Andy Pappanastos is making a name for himself in the SEC.

The former Advertiser Class 1A-4A All-Metro Player of the Year nailed 39- and 47-yard field goals in the Ole Miss spring game last week.

Pappanastos graduated from Trinity in May 2012 and hit the Ole Miss campus in August. He was grayshirted his freshman year and officially signed a scholarship in December, leaving him with four years of eligibility.

“I grew up dreaming about playing in the SEC,” Pappanastos said. “You can dream as much as you want, but until it actually happens, until you get to play on the field in front of tens of thousands of fans … it was well worth the wait.

“I kind of had to step back and catch my breath a little bit, it was pretty overwhelming.”

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