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Tiger athletes celebrated on National Signing Day

40 from the Class of 2018 to play at college level

Former BA athlete Cole Moos was keynote speaker at National Signing Day.

Forty Broken Arrow High School (BAHS) athletes participated in the National College Signing Day celebration on Feb. 7, officially announcing where they will continue to showcase their athletic talents beyond high school.

"There is a study that was done years ago that showed when young people move into adult life the number one factor for determining their success is involvement in school activities," Ken Ellett, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) athletic director, told the students, parents, family members and friends who attended the signing ceremony in the Varsity Athletic Training Center. "It didn't matter if it was athletics, FFA or band, being involved helps them learn lessons they need to know when going out into the world. So parents, you have given sons and daughters a head start on that path."

Dr. Janet Dunlop, BAPS Superintendent, also acknowledged the accomplishments of the signees by recognizing the parents.

“Thank you so much to the families who went through hours and hours of practices and all of the things that go into these student-athletes who sit in front of us today,’” Dr. Dunlop said. “We know your sacrifice. We also thank you for allowing us to share in your celebration today, because this is a wonderful day.

"To the athletes, thank you to the hours you have spent in your sport to rise to the top. We look forward to watching your careers after graduation and we look forward to your deep roots – that that you have already placed in Broken Arrow – to continue to hold as you come back and raise your family here. We want more student-athletes like you.”

Establishing deep roots was a theme of guest speaker Cole Moos, a 2014 BAHS graduate and punter at the University of Kansas. 

"A lot of people don't know about this, but things weren't going well and I was about to give up on my dream (of playing major college football)," Moos said. "But I was reminded of something that I read in a book about how Chinese bamboo." 

Six years pass before the bamboo begins to show signs of above ground growth, Moos informed the students. But in that fifth year the tree can grow as much as 90 feet high.

"You have to keep watering and keep watering, just like in our lives you have to put the first things first," he said. "You keep focusing on things you can control. What you don't see is that under the surface the bamboo tree is building a tremendous root system as a foundation for future growth.  

"When you are focusing on what you can control you are laying a foundation for your entire life. If you don't give up, you are eventually going to see that growth."

Held on the first Wednesday of every February, National Signing Day celebrates the talented recruits in a number of collegiate sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, cross country, track and volleyball. Several other BA athletes will have an opportunity to sign letters of intent on the spring signing day in April.

Congratulations to Broken Arrows 2018 college scholarship athletes:

Brett Biggs                Cowley County CC
Mack Chambers        Seminole State College
Tucker Dunlap          Seminole State College
Kohl Franklin           University of Oklahoma
Drew Lowe                Oral Roberts University
Kadin Pratt                Bacone College
Kaden White             Butler County CC
Trey Wolf                  Oral Roberts University

Boys Basketball
Braden Boyer             University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Girls Basketball
Kinsey Callen            Seminole State College
Aallya Nascimento   Spring Hill College (Ala.)

Austin Carter              Northeastern State University
Corben Chambers     Ottawa University
Devin Clayton           Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Anthony Diaz             U.S. Air Force Academy
Austin Garrison        Avila University
Izaiah Jackson            University of Central Oklahoma
Trase Jeffries              Abilene Christian University
Kei’shun Johnson     Missouri Southern State University
Juan Mendez              Undecided at time of printing
Gary Mossop              U.S. Air Force Academy
Cade Nagy                  Friends University
Peyton Ross                Evangel University
Derrick Shaw             University of North Texas
Lafayette Wright       Southwestern Ok. State University

Girls Golf
Ashlyn Phipps           Oklahoma Wesleyan

Girls Rugby
Jessica Laughlin        Lindenwood University

Boys Soccer
Dwaylan McIntosh   Oral Roberts University

Girls Soccer
Maggie Breiner         Redlands Community College
Taylor Hair                University of Central Arkansas
Karsen Killion           University of Central Oklahoma
Morgan Rollow         University of Central Arkansas
Taylor Sorrell            Seminole State College
Olivia Volpe               University of Louisiana - Lafayette
Olivea Wagner           Northeastern State University

McKenzie Carney     University of Central Oklahoma
Mary Collins              Oklahoma State University
Katlin Mathis             Connors State College

Girls Track/Soccer
Madison Caputo       Oklahoma City University

Erianna Murray         Coffeyville Community College
Makina Wratten        Missouri State University

Caleb Wise                 University of Central Oklahoma