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Put Them In, Coach!

On May 16, six more senior Midway student athletes committed to play, run, jump, cheer and swim at the collegiate level, making 19 total scholarship signings this year. Over the past four years, MHS Panthers have excelled on the court and in the classroom, averaging 17 athletic scholarship signings each year and placing in the top 10 of the UIL Lone Star Cup.

Congratulations to the newest class of incoming college athletes:

 

 

Morghan and her famliy listen to her accolades during the signing.

Morghan Jones
Track & Field at Huston-Tillotson University

Morghan Jones, signed to run track and field at Huston-Tillotson in Austin.   Morghan qualified for the regional track meet in more than one year, and in more than one event.  She also ran in other events – anything she was asked to do, she did.  She also was a member of the varsity basketball team for two years.  She is also an excellent student.  Coach Boles said, “Huston-Tillotson is getting a young lady who is a great kid in three ways – athletically, academically, and personally. She had to overcome a devastating ACL injury to her knee at the end of her sophomore year.  She had some rough times her junior year, but she never lost her determination to run track in college.  And now she has that opportunity.  Huston-Tillotson will be a better school next year because of a new student – Morghan Jones.”

 

 

At the signing, Coach Wiethorn said, "Nick is the best long jumper that I have ever coached and I believe he will be one of the best in the country at the collegiate level."

Nick Felder
Track & Field at Boise State University

Nick was a 3 time district champion in the long jump, a regional champion as a Junior and a 2 time state meet participant.  He set the school record in the long jump as a sophomore with a leap of 23’9″ which he broke this year with a leap of 24’4″. His 24’4″ jump was the best in the state in class 4A this year.  He was also the leadoff leg on the 4×200 meter relay team that set the school record last year with a time of 1:26.6 and that was 6th in state.  He ran the leadoff leg this year on the 4×100 relay and the 4×200 relay.  Nick is an outstanding sprinter and triple jumper also.

 

 

 

 

Kayley primarily competes in the butterfly and 500y long distance races, but she is a utility swimmer who can do any event and is integral in Midway's relays.

Kayley Valentien
Swimming at Asbury University in Kentucky

Kayley is the daughter of Mark and Connie Valentien. She was a MHS Swim Team Captain 2011-12, and was selected Most Valuable and Most Inspirational Female swimmer for 2011-12 season by her teammates. Kayley earned a varsity letter all four years, a District Meet medal all four years, was a Regional Meet Finalist all four years, and a Regional Meet Medalist 3 years. Kayley was a member of 2 district meet and 1 regional meet championship teams. She competed at the 4A state swim meet 3 years, and was a member of the 4A All-State swim team all four years in 5 different events a total of 10 times. Kayley scored a grand total of 1,804 individual points for Midway not including relays, which is the highest 4 year total by any current or former Midway swimmer.

 

 

Kyle's family, including his sisters who also play soccer for Midway, celebrates as he signs his commitment to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Kyle Baccus
Soccer at University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Kyle Baccus was joined at the signing by his parents JR and Angie Baccus, his brother, Brandon and his sisters, Baylee and Regan. Carey Hobbs, his grandfather, was also in attendance. Kyle played midfield for the Panthers the last two years. Kyle played a key role in
helping the panthers make it to the regional finals this year. Kyle has earned several honors which include: Super Centex First Team, District 34 MVP, Academic All-State Team, and 1st Team All Region. Kyle will be furthering his education and playing soccer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 

 

Andrew and his family celebrate his commitment to the University of Centeral Arkansas on signing day.

Andrew Pillers
Soccer at University of Central Arkansas

Andrew Pillers was joined at the signing by his parents Larry and Beth Pillers and his sister Michelle. Andrew has played soccer for the Midway varsity team for the last two years, starting as Center Defender both years. He was instrumental in helping the panthers make it to the Regional finals this year. In 2012 Andrew was selected as: Super Centex First Team, District 34-4A All District First Team, and Academic All-State Team. Andrew also plays for the Austin Texans Soccer club. He will be continuing his education and playing soccer at the next level this fall at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.

 

 

Jake's competitive cheer squad won the World Championship title at the United States All Star Federation Cheerleading World Championships held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

Jake Smith
Cheer at Oklahoma State University

Jake Smith signed to be a member of the Oklahoma State University Large Coed Cheer squad. He has
been a member of the MHS Cheer squad all four years of high school and served as captain this year. He has been selected as an All-American every year, and this year been invited to be on the National Cheerleading Association staff. He has also been a part of our state champion competitive team, a nationals champion team and a world champion team, for which he was selected for the 3rd ranked individual scholarship, a very high
honor.