Mustang athletes sign for colleges

Mustangs sign their collegiate lettters of intent Wednesday – (l to r) Logan Newton, Kenzie Goelz, Ladazhia Williams, Colton Zimring, Courtney Chapin, Emma Stock

Robby Rodriguez and Alison Sporer – Mustangs Ahead

Wednesday was the day many Mustang athletes have been waiting their whole high school career for. Many successful students signed contacts committing to their colleges for athletics.

The following Seniors participated in the signing –  Logan Newton to James Madison University In Virginia for softball, Kenzie Goelz to Mississippi State University for softball, Denali Schappacher to University Of Central Florida for softball, Courtney McLellan to University Of West Florida for softball, Ladazia Williams to the University Of South Carolina for basketball, Colton Zimring to the University Of Florida for baseball, Sophia Falco to Vanderbilt University for track and field, Courtney Chapin to the University Of Ohio for swimming, and finally Emma Stock to Drake University for rowing.

Family, friends and coaches were all in the school auditorium supporting the beginning of their college career.

Basketball player Ladazia Williams stated, “I am just very excited to be attending a college that fits me very well and also supports my passion for the sport, I also am very proud to show my friends and family that hard work does in fact pay off and that I will be a positive impact to the team and to the University.”

Softball player Courtney McLellan said, “The fact that I have the opportunity to play for such an amazing University where I get to continue my softball career, and the fact that the school is in state and has an outstanding nursing program makes my commitment even better. ”

Despite signing for athletics, the athletes are just as excited for the academic portion of their university future.  Softball player Logan Newton said, “I am just as excited to further my education in Virginia while playing the sport I love.”

Ranch Reflection – A baseball senior considers signing

Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.

Colton Zimring – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – My name is Colton Zimring, and I am your average high school student in the classroom, but  its what I do on the field that is giving me my next opportunity in life.

I probably don’t have the top-notch academic success to get into the University of Florida without baseball, and that is just the flat out truth.

Throughout my life I have had changes, but the one constant is and has always been baseball.

Since the day I can remember I have been playing with a ball. I started when I was two, rolling tennis balls back and forth with my dad. The thought of sports has been with me ever since.

I played on my first t-ball team when I was five years old, and have played on countless teams and in countless games ever since.

When I was 12, I traveled to my first out of state baseball tournament, and after made the transition to the big, major league sized, field.

From then on, I have been working every day to get stronger, smarter, and better at the game of baseball so I can achieve my goals on and off the baseball field.

I knew that baseball was something I would want to do for as long as possible, and I would love and want to play professional baseball if I could. However, I understood how much work and effort I would need to give and put into my game ever single day.

As a freshman I played on junior varsity at Lakewood Ranch. Sophomore year I made varsity, and will play my third year on varsity.

Last year I had the fortunate opportunity to play in front of coaches from the University of Florida, and played well enough for them to offer me a scholarship to their college.

My travel team I play on had six other kids going there, and I knew that if I went there it would be a great fit and would make me a better pitcher and a smarter person.

A lot of people have put in effort and time along with me to make me who I am on and off the field, and I know I wouldn’t be here without every single one of them. It took more then just my will to be great to get me to where I am today.

I am really thankful and fortunate to be able to have this opportunity and thankful to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today. I am excited to attend UF.