Area athletes sign letters of intent on opening day

Area athletes sign letters of intent on opening day

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Area athletes sign letters of intent on opening day

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Nixa soccer player Alyson Galler (center), surrounded by her family and coaches, signs a letter of intent to play for William Jewell College next year during a ceremony Wednesday at Nixa High School.

Nixa soccer player Alyson Galler (center), surrounded by her family and coaches, signs a letter of intent to play for William Jewell College next year during a ceremony Wednesday at Nixa High School.

Nixa senior Alyson Galler was happy to sign her letter of intent to play soccer for William Jewell College.

Galler joined three other Nixa athletes in signing with NCAA Division II college teams Wednesday on the opening day of the spring national signing period for basketball and many other sports. Galler is a two-time all-state award winner playing under Nixa coach Evan Palmer.

“She has just been great for our program — an incredible athlete and you put that with the skill that she has, she has been one of the best players in the area since she got on the field here at Nixa,” Palmer said.

Four-time all-state basketball guard Josie Young of Marionville made a dream come true by signing to stay in southwest Missouri and play for Drury University.

“I love the environment that Drury has and the coaching staff … I just feel very comfortable there,” Young said. “I’ve always wanted to go there since I was little, so it’s like a dream come true.”

After four years of playing for Comets coach Ted Young — her father — Josie Young will play for coach Molly Miller and the Panthers. Young scored 2,267 points in her four-year career at Marionville.

At Kickapoo High School, cross country runners Ben Wingo and Jade Raynor signed letters of their intent to run at the next level alongside basketball guard Jack Simpson, who in late March announced his de-commitment from Division II Missouri Southern State and his commitment to Division III Millikin University of Decatur, Illinois.

Two area high school basketball players headed to NCAA Division I aren’t sweating the spring signing period because they inked their deals during November’s early signing period. Waynesville’s Juwan Morgan remains locked in with Indiana while Kickapoo guard Tyson Batiste remains signed with Arkansas-Little Rock.

April 15 college signees

Nixa

Christian Lance, wrestling, Fort Hays State University

Alyson Galler, soccer, William Jewell College

Patrick Hoerning, baseball, Drury University

Jourden Riley, track and field, Missouri State University

Shelby Johnson, volleyball, Stephens College

Kickapoo

Jack Simpson, basketball, Milliken University

Jade Raynor, cross country and track and field, Missouri State University

Ben Wingo, cross country, Truman State University

Hillcrest

Brady Petry, basketball, Missouri Southern State University

Marionville

Josie Young, basketball, Drury University

Bolivar

Madisen Brethower, basketball, College of the Ozarks

Randi Hancock, basketball, Evangel University

Aurora

Dylan Cullers, track, McKendree University

Pierce City

Colin Garner, baseball, Drury University

Spokane

Taylor McClure, baseball, Evangel University

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