LHS athletes college-bound
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 12:42
By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
Liberal High School’s athletic success has been well-documented. And the reasons for that success are each individual athete’s dedication and teamwork.
Some of those athletes will take their skills to the next level — college. Several Redskins signed letters of intent today, national signing day.
Drew Wills was at LHS this morning to sign with Garden City Community College. Wills was a middle linebacker for the Redskins football team.
“I like the facilities, everything was nice about it,” Wills said of GCCC. “They’ve got a good program there.”
Wills will be playing with former Liberal assistant Joe Price, who recently joined the staff at GCCC as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. Head coach Jeff Tatum is new to the Broncbusters, as well. The combination of an all new staff is what excites Wills.
“I definitely think he’s got a good program underneath him,” Wills said of Tatum’s staff. “I’m excited to see what he’s got.”
Liberal head coach Wade Standley said Wills should fit right in with the Broncbusters program.
“Drew did an incredible job for us,” Standley said. “He’s certainly a program player in that he’s always done everything we ever asked of him. He was at every off-season workout, every summer workout, all the extras that we do, Drew was there, and really just kind of willed himself into being a player.”
And the familiarity with Price will also be a big plus.
“I’m excited because they have some new coaches that are excited about being there and are excited to bring a new style of play,” Standley said. “That’ll be a good transition for Drew.”
Jade Cathey signed with Kansas State University.
“Jade is just one of the best wide receivers I’ve ever been around athletically,” Standley said. “Had not played a lot of football until the last couple of years and had become a great football player for us, played both sides of the football and rarely came out of the game.”
Cathey will play outside receiver in Manhattan.
“I think he’ll do a great job and I think it’s a great place and a great fit for him and for K-State,” Standley said.
Tyson Deaton and Justin McPhail are also planning to sign in the near future.
LHS cross country runners Alan Grajeda (Fort Hays) and Alejandro Avila (Garden City) also signed today.