Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Beckville celebrates five athletes' Signing Day commitments

By Meredith Shamburger
Feb. 10, 2018 at 11:02 a.m.

Beckville baseball players Ethan Harris and Trey Lindsay officially signed with Panola College during National Signing Day on Feb. 7, 2018.

Beckville ISD Athletic Director Mike Bickham watched his students grow up and excel in their chosen sports. So when it came time to watch them officially commit to playing at the college level on Wednesday, he was elated.

"I'm proud for all of them," Bickham said. "I love you guys. I've gotten to watch all of you play a lot of different things for a lot of things now... It's just a great day for me, and I think it's a great day for all of you."

Five Beckville High School senior athletes committed to college sports programs on Wednesday as part of National Signing Day: Softball's Kimmy Baker with LeTourneau University; Volleyball's Hannah Humphries with Millsaps College; and Volleyball's Riley Seegers and Baseball's Ethan Harris and Trey Lindsay all going to Panola College.

The Signing Day ceremony took place in the high school's commons area, with families of the athletes gathering alongside the student body and coaching staff to watch as all five seniors signed pen to paper and made it official. Decked out in their future schools' spirit wear, the seniors took endless photos with everyone as they celebrated their achievements.

Bickham, in his speech to the crowd, told the seniors this was the culmination of their hard work, both on the field and in the classroom.

"Beckville, like me, is all proud for you, and we hope that you continue on to do great, great things," he said. "I know that there's more to it than just sports. The reason you're getting to do this today is because you're all great student athletes. It's the academics and the athletics tied together that have gotten you to get to do this great thing today. Good luck in the future with academics as well as the athletics. We all know you're going to make Beckville very, very proud."

Volleyball Coach Cherry Downs gave Humphries and Seeger a bit of advice: Remember how you feel today.

"Riley and Hannah both love the sport of volleyball," she said. "Just remember that love no matter how hard the workout may be, because it's going to be a task. But you've earned it, you deserve it, I'm very proud and excited for you."

Baseball Coach Jason Causey, similarly, told Harris and Lindsay they did something to make everyone proud. He was glad, Causey said, that they'd be just up the road in Carthage.

"Just remember whenever you leave here, you're still representing me, you're still representing your families, you're still representing Beckville," Causey said. "I fully expect both of you to have success there (that will) get you to the next level."



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