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
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
Jack Simpson, basketball, Milliken University
Jade Raynor, cross country and track and field, Missouri State University
Ben Wingo, cross country, Truman State University
Brady Petry, basketball, Missouri Southern State University
Josie Young, basketball, Drury University
Madisen Brethower, basketball, College of the Ozarks
Randi Hancock, basketball, Evangel University
Dylan Cullers, track, McKendree University
Colin Garner, baseball, Drury University
Taylor McClure, baseball, Evangel University