Ten Longview athletes moving to next level
May 1, 2017 at 9:47 p.m.
Ten Longview High School athletes representing eight different sports signed to continue their respective careers at the next level on Monday.
There was a common theme throughout the long line of tables set up for the signing ceremony.
"We're proud of all of you for continuing your careers today," Longview athletic director John King said. "So many of you have represented your teams for several years here at Longview High School and some of you have done it in more than one sport.
"Always remember your time here as a Lobo student athlete and we know you'll represent Longview High School well as your career continues."
The ten honored on Monday, representing track, girls basketball, boys basketball, girls soccer, boys soccer, golf, football and baseball, joined six earlier athletes who signed from the Class of 2017 this past February.
Deja Moore has unfinished business in her high school career. Moore, who signed with Northwestern State University, qualified for the state track meet this past weekend in two relay events, the third-straight trip to the state meet for Moore.
"Deja has represented the Lobos well with how competitive and motivated she is," track coach Casey Pearce said. "She has brought a dynamic that we needed with her drive to compete, work hard and win.
"She's helped make this program one to be reckoned with on the track."
Two Lady Lobos from the basketball team, Journey Greene (Seward County Community College) and Yasmine Bradley (Bethany College) were multi-year contributors who will continue their careers on the court.
"Both of these girls have been huge assets for us, both as players and leaders on the court," assistant coach Vernecia DeVance said. "We're very proud of both of them."
On the soccer field, both signees — Ronaldo Patino (St. Mary's University) and Jakayla Anthony (Southwestern College) — leave records behind at Longview High School.
Patino leaves as the second-highest goal scorer in Longview history while Anthony, a four-year letterman, holds the mark for shutouts in a season (15) and in a career (40) as the Lady Lobo keeper.
"Both of those are going to be very tough to break," Lady Lobo head coach Ron Bellamy said.
Hayden Montoya will continue his golf career at UT Tyler after guiding the Lobos to a regional tournament berth this past season.
"I first met Hayden as a sixth grader in our middle school program," Lobo golf coach Larry Cloninger said. "From then, he has worked and worked to get to this point today and we'll know his work ethic will continue with him."
Texas Lutheran University is getting a player in Austin Dotson who has continued to grow and grow, head basketball coach Billy Goffney said.
"He has progressed and has literally continued to grow ever since he joined our program," Goffney said. "He's quiet, but 'Slim' has grown and matured into a fine player and Texas Lutheran is getting a good one."
The multi-year contributor trend continued with Jordan Masterson, who will continue his baseball career at Centenary College after serving as a pitcher and first baseman for the Lobos.
"He's been in our program for four years and has spent the past two years as a key starter," head coach Wes Dorsett said. "Above that, Jordan is a leader out there."
After their senior football season ended, it would've been easy for Ke'Undre Wilson and D'Crayvan Polk to coast throughout their final semester at Longview, Pearce added.
Instead, both spent their final spring as Lobos on the track.
"I'm very proud of them for the work they've put in this spring," Pearce said. "We really needed them out there to make us go."
Wilson and Polk will continue their football careers at Blinn Junior College.
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