As the college admission process reaches its apex, Baylor seniors’ stress hits an all time high. However, fifteen Baylor seniors can relax knowing they have signed athletic scholarships for the 2019 school year. Among the schools are nine D-I, three Ivy Leagues, and one SEC school program.
Leading the pack of early signees are seven athletes who won a state championship in the 2017-18 school year. The Baylor sluggers are sending two athletes the continue their baseball careers at the next level. Left handed pitcher and outfielder Stan King has signed to play at Tennessee Tech, an up-and-coming program which made it to the Super-regional round of the College World Series Playoff last year; Greyson Linderman, another stellar pitcher, has signed on to continue his career for the Lee University Flames next year up in Cleveland, Tenn.
The girls’ soccer team is sending off three to play collegiately next year, and all at the D-1 level. Goalie Peyton Randolph will be heading home to tend goal for the Manhattan College Jasper's next year, while Avery Davis and Maya McGee will be staying down south with Davis attending Elon in North Carolina as a forward; and McGee heads just west of Chattanooga to man the midfield for the lions of the University of North Alabama in Florence, Ala. Accompanying Randolph to Manhattan will be volleyball player Elizabeth Case, where she will change positions from outside hitter and defensive specialist to libero. Ally Craig will also be heading to Alabama as she will enroll at the University of West Alabama to continue her volleyball career as an outside hitter. Meanwhile senior libero Hayden Barton will stay in state at Carson Newman to lead the girls volleyball program in Jefferson City.
Among the nine athletes continuing their athletic careers at the next level, three will be participating in the Ivy League. Two of which are Baylor grapplers Mason Reiniche and Andrew Pace. Reiniche, the two time state champion and nationally recognized wrestler, will be continuing his career at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he intends to major in hospitality. Pace, a two time state champion, will be heading to Harvard next year where he plans to major in economics. Senior aqua raider, Addison Smith, will also be heading to New Jersey next year to continue her swimming career at Princeton University.
Representing the girls’ lacrosse team at the next level will be Kym Ardrey and Adrianna Richards. Richards will be heading to Limestone College in South Carolina as a goalie, and Ardrey to Lindenwood University in Missouri to anchor the lions defense. Headed westward will be senior swimmer Jack Kirby to the University of Southern California. Outside of Baylor athletics, senior equestrian Hazel Taylor has signed a scholarship to continue her horseback riding career at the University of Georgia next fall.
We wish all of our outgoing athletes the best of luck, but most importantly: Go Big Red!