Monday was a special day for Denton High School as six of its athletes signed their national letters of intent to play collegiate sports.
Linebacker Ryan Duggan signed to play football and may also play baseball at McPherson College in Kansas. Duggan played all 10 games last season, leading the Broncos with 133 total tackles, including 11 for a loss with two forced fumbles, one sack and one interception.
“His upside is huge,” football head coach Kevin Atkinson said. “He’s a late developer and I got to see him after last year’s baseball season, but it didn’t take me long to see his passion. He may have gotten dinged up, but he never complained about it. He was that guy who always made plays, and I think he’s going to have an outstanding career.”
Tyler Proffitt, who signed with Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, led the boys soccer team to Denton’s first playoff appearance in six years, scoring the Broncos’ only goal in their 2-1 loss to Aledo in the opening round. He scored four goals and had two assists as a defender this past season.
“We had more success this year than we’ve had in a while,” soccer head coach Scott Heffley said. “Credit the seniors and especially Tyler, who has been a varsity member for four years. He’s excited about the challenge, we’re excited for him, and we think he’s going to do really well at the next step.”
In girls golf, Lindsey Heal, who recently competed in the Class 4A regional tournament in Abilene, will also head to Bartlesville as she, too, signed with Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Stephanie Mobley will continue her career at LeTourneau University in Longview.
“It’s a great opportunity for both of them,” golf head coach Mick Maxey said. “It’s not so much about their golf skills. They are good kids, and they come from good families, and they are both going to be successful. In our sport, you have to have high character to do what we do and both of those kids have that.”
Helping the Lady Broncos to their second consecutive playoff appearance, Kallie Smith signed to play volleyball at Arlington Baptist College.
“I think it’s a special honor to play college volleyball,” head coach Danielle Silva said. “You put in a lot of time and effort. It’s a year-round sport, not just fall, so it’s definitely an honor to work that hard and get recognized. She’s a hard worker, and whatever she does she’ll be successful.”
Posting a 29-8 record this year as the boys tennis team’s top singles player and nearly qualifying for the state tournament, Alex Clerihew has signed with Seminole (Okla.) State College.
“Alex had a great chance to make state,” tennis head coach Carlos Blanco said. “I think he’ll do well in college. He’s a strong player, and I’ve watched him improve from middle school. He keeps improving to this day, and he’s definitely college material. His forehand is so good that kids are afraid to get hit by it.”
PATRICK HAYSLIP can be reached at 940-566-6873.