Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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May 28, 2014

Several Indians sign letters of intent

ALVARADO — Several Alvarado High School seniors signed letters of intent recently to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Indians and Lady Indians signing recently include Shelby Frazier, Jay Holland, Kevin Nunez and McKaila and McKenzie Shelfer.

With these recent signings joining earlier Alvarado signings such as Brazos Fuller, Marshall Weatherby and Andrew Sevener in football and Dylan Lemons in baseball, among others, the Alvarado athletic program has seen the 2014 senior class produce up to 10 student-athletes sign to continue their athletic and educational career at the next level.

“It’s been a good year,” Alvarado Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jeff Dixon said. “A lot of our kids are making that commitment to go to college first and then compete at the next level. It’s been a good year there. All of our sports have been represented with a couple of girls going in track, cross country, baseball, football, volleyball. It’s just been a good year overall.”

Dixon said the example this senior class is setting will hopefully inspire the younger classes and future generations at Alvarado to strive for the same goals.

“I think so — that’s a goal for a lot of our kids,” Dixon said. “For a lot of seniors, you’re done when you graduate from high school. Very, very few ever participate at the next level — and then to receive any kind of scholarship money kind of separates those and gives them a chance to continue.

“Most of them are receiving academic scholarship money. But just the fact that they’re going is encouraging.”

Frazier signed a letter of intent to play volleyball with Ranger Junior College.

Frazier closed out her high school career by helping lead the Lady Indians to the postseason in back-to-back seasons, including winning a bidistrict playoff match — the first Alvarado volleyball playoff win in quite a while. Frazier was the 2013 All-Johnson County hitter of the year as well as the District 7-3A hitter of the year.

Holland, who helped the Indian baseball team to the Class 3A regional quarterfinals in back-to-back seasons, inked with Texas Wesleyan University.

Holland was voted as this year’s District 7-3A defensive player of the year while playing second base for the Indians.

Nunez will continue his cross country career for Southern Arkansas University.

Nunez was a three-time qualifier for the Class 3A state cross country meet and he helped the team finish second overall at the state meet in the fall.

McKaila and Mckenzie Shelfer signed to continue their track careers at McMurry University.

The sisters were each regional qualifiers in several events as juniors and seniors the past two years.

Since National Signing Day in February, Alvarado has had student-athletes sign letters of intent in five different sports — baseball, cross country, football, track and volleyball.

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