Spring Athletic Signings

Shoemaker athletes sign during ceremony
By: Todd Martin
Across Killeen ISD high schools, athletics programs completed a huge year of signing ceremonies, representing hard work on courts, fields, tracks and stages and consistent achievement in the classroom.
In separate ceremonies at Shoemaker, Killeen and Harker Heights high schools Wednesday and on May 1 at Ellison, coaches introduced students to packed venues of friends and families.
In each ceremony, unique to the individual campuses, a common theme prevailed.
Success in sports, coaches and other leaders said, goes way beyond practice and games, requiring academic prowess and strong moral character and also a cast of supporters.
At Shoemaker High School, Athletics Coordinator Toby Foreman said the eight students signing in the Wednesday ceremony on the lighted auditorium stage brought the school’s total to 35 over the past two years.
Reflecting what others said at other schools, the Shoemaker athletics coordinator said the path to college sports requires dedication from teachers and coaches throughout each student’s schooling, as well as support from family members.
“We are successful in a lot of sports, but it starts in the classroom,” he said. “There is a lot of talent walking around town that didn’t take advantage of the opportunities they had (in high school).”
At Killeen High School, individual sport and position coaches lauded each of the eight signing students. Along with football, basketball and track, the group included a cheerleader and two Kangarettes dance team members continuing to college to perform and compete in dance.
Harker Heights High School signed 13 athletes in six different sports. Athletics Coordinator Jerry Edwards also pointed out that each student counted on a backdrop of support from coaches, teachers and family members to continue to the college level.
Earlier in the spring, on May 1, Ellison High School celebrated alongside 16 students signing letters of intent to continue on to college and participate in athletics. That brought the school’s total signings for the year to 24, the most ever for the Eagles.
That varied Ellison group included football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, cross country, baseball, softball, track, wrestling and powerlifting.
KISD Spring Athletic signings include the following:
Shoemaker High School spring signing:
Nicole Pena – Western Nebraska College (volleyball)
Lachrisa Patrick – McLennan Community College (dance)
Carlon Rivera - Texas Wesleyan (track)
Nehemiah Brown - Texas Lutheran (football/track)
Kaziah Douglas - East Texas Baptist (football)
Deborah Hamilton - Morgan State (softball)
Kimberly Liker - University of Houston Victoria (soccer)
Jeremias Sorrano - Ranger JC (track)
Killeen High School spring signing:
Meleanna Williams - Wiley College (basketball)
Cortez Ivie Jr. - Bethel College (basketball)
Davonte Garrett - Southwest Texas Junior College (basketball)
Tula Left - UMHB (football)
Collin Price - University of Houston - (track)
KJ McMurray - Stephen F. Austin University - (cheerleading)
Lauren Robertson - Blinn Junior College (dance)
Brittney Scagliusi - McLennan Community College (dance)
Harker Heights High School spring signing:
Marcel Ramirez – RPA (football)
Jacob Garcia – RPA (football)
Alex Munoz – Central Methodist University (football)
Chris Harvey – Midamerica Nazarene University (football)
Spencer Young – Frank Phillips College (baseball)
Jackson Rinehart – Wharton Junior College (baseball)
Zakevia Brown – Oklahoma Wesleyan University (track)
D’Mitri Frazier – Webber International University (track)
Donte Hodge – Ottawa University (track)
Samantha Dreibelbis – University of the Southwest (volleyball)
Keondra Davis – Prairie View A&M University (track)
Caleb Brandon – University of Texas at San Antonio (track)
Raquel Hatton – University of Houston at Victoria (soccer)
Ellison High School spring signing:
Isiah Brown – Schreiner University (wrestling)
Kahill China – RPA (football)
Greg Cooke – RPA (football
Preston Mills – Phillips College (baseball)
Brian Gardner – Phillips College (baseball)
Alejandra Collier – Cameron University (cross country)
Emily Lopez – UMHB (cross country)
Jasmin Espada – University of the Southwest (volleyball)
Kory Young – Angelo State University (powerlifting)
Amani Bradshaw – Hardin-Simmons University (basketball)
Marliah Johnson - Northeastern University (basketball)
Maurice Williams – Hardin-Simmons University (soccer)
Natalia Goodman – Concordia Lutheran University (tennis)
Mike Adams – University of North Texas (track)
Tim Doyle – University of the Incarnate Word (track)
Julien Jimenez – McMurry University (baseball)