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Busy day for area grid stars

Published 2/7/2013

Busy day for area grid stars

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It was a busy day for the fax services at area high schools as many athletes put their signatures on national letters of intent to play sports at community colleges, NAIA schools, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I.

Among The Telegram's 2012 All-Area first team selections, Garden City High School linebacker Brady Bean (5-11, 205) and tight end Taylor Foley (6-2, 220) signed to stay and play at home for new Garden City Community College coach Matt Miller.

Holcomb's Shane Bennett, a 6-4, 205-pound lineman, was headed to Hutchinson to play for the Blue Dragons as is teammate Clay Gilbert (6-0, 185, wide receiver), according to Longhorns' coach Jerry Johnson. Also planning to sign with Hutchinson, according to Scott City head coach Glenn O'Neil, was Telegram first-team selection Michael McEachern (5-11, 250), who played both ways on the line for the Class 3A state champion Beavers.

According to O'Neil, running back Dalton Buehler, who rushed for more than 1,800 yards this past year, was planning to sign with the Butler Community College Grizzlies in El Dorado. Drew Kite (6-4, 225 TE/LB) and Brett O'Neil (6-0, 165, QB/S) were undecided. Both have been considering basketball offers at the next level, having helped the Beavers to consecutive 3A state championships and were co-players of the year in 2012 as chosen by The Telegram.

Another area defensive back, Jordan Irsik of Ingalls, was also planning to sign with Butler, according to his coach, Ted Brown.

Two other Holcomb players — Aaron Hernandez and Max Ramsey — were planning to sign with the Broncbusters.

Ulysses' Tate Annis, a second-team All-Area selection at wide receiver/defensive back, signed an NCAA Division I track and field scholarship to attend Wichita State. Annis, one of the state's premier long jumpers and sprinters, is believed to be the first D-I signee from Ulysses in the past two decades, according to athletic director and football coach Jason Kenny. Kenny said that Michael Brollier (6-3, 225, L) and Armando Sandoval (6-1, 195, RB/LB) were undecided. Brollier was another member of The Telegram's All-Area first team.

Ty Adams of Lakin (6-1, 195, RB/LB), Alfredo Licon of Hugoton (6-2, 285, L) signed with Garden City Community College as did Scott City linebacker Colten Yager (6-1, 215). Hugoton's Garret Walker (6-2, 195, FB/LB) signed to play with Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. The Coyotes compete in the KCAC and are an NAIA school.

Stanton County coach Bret Kendrick said Wednesday night that his son, Quinn, a two-time Telegram All-Area selection at quarterback/defensive back would sign today with Garden City Community College as would Trojan running back/linebacker Marques Logan and offensive/defensive lineman Colby Overturf.

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