Texas High held a ceremony to celebrate five student-athletes advancing to the collegiate level Wednesday at the Multi-Purpose Facility.
Treyaunna Rush signed a national letter of intent with Texas A&M University to play volleyball with the Aggies, and baseball players Chris Sutton and Chris Lyles inked letters of intent with Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.
Mabry Smith, a pitcher with the Lady Tigers softball team, signed with Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, and quarterback Coltin Clack will continue his academic and football careers at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. Smith and Clack have plans to complete high school at semester and enroll at their respective schools in the spring.
Rush helped the Lady Tigers volleyball team advance to the regional semifinal for the first time in school history, winning three playoff matches as well as the school's first district title in six years.
"Treyaunna Rush is a very down to earth individual with a personality that can brighten anyone's day," THS volleyball coach Melissa Hardy said. "She is liked by most for her outgoing personality and humbleness. Her being chosen as one of Texas High's (Homecoming) Maids speaks volumes within itself. She is a very talented individual that displays leadership on the court as well as in her community. She carries herself as the lady that she is and is very respectful. She will be missed but I am eager to see what the future holds for her."
Sutton, a pitcher and shortstop, and Lyles, the Tigers' centerfielder, will be three-year starters for the baseball team in the spring.
"We have five seniors who have started since they were sophomores," THS baseball coach John McClure said. "Sutton and Lyles are two of those five, and they've been a cornerstone of our program for the last couple years.
"I'm very proud of both of them. Southern Arkansas is getting high-caliber and high-character guys, and they're going to be successful at whatever they do."
Sutton and Lyles were also standouts for Texas High's football team the past three seasons.
"Lyles is a max-effort guy; he plays football and baseball the same way," McClure said. "He plays baseball with a football mentality. Sutton is very, very dependable and accountable. He handles pressure situations and adversity well; he doesn't get rattled. He's a quiet leader.
"They chose the baseball route, but if they had wanted to I'm sure there would've been some offers for football for either of them. They're first-class young men, and I'm truly blessed to coach them both."
Smith played two years for THS, garnering accolades on the district teams her sophomore and junior seasons.
"Her sophomore year she was Most Valuable Pitcher in the district, and last year she was first-team all-district pitcher," Texas High softball coach Robbie Hatfield said about Smith. "Mabry's talent and ability, there's no question about that, and she works hard and wants to be the best. She's got good work habits and just a great individual.
"Ouachita is not only getting a great talent, but they're also getting an outstanding individual young lady, not just for softball but for the university."
Clack was a two-year starter at QB for the Tigers. His senior year, Clack threw for 2,149 yards and 20 touchdowns on 147-of-268 passing. He also threw seven interceptions and rushed for eight TDs.