CUMBY — Three Cumby athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers in college.
Karli Emmons and Luis Osornio signed to run cross country and track at Clarendon College in Clarendon. Kayla Akers will be playing basketball for the Mountaineers of Schreiner University in Kerrville.
“I am so pleased these students get to go to college and continue playing. This is eight signees in the last four years at Cumby,” said. Gary Parrish, Cumby athletic director. “This is our fourth signing this year. We are very proud of these students.”
Osornio has been a standout runner for the Trojans during his high school career. He participated in track and cross country on the varsity level, all four years. His junior year he was a regional qualifier in the 1,600-meter run and made state with his team. His senior year, he won first place in cross country to take the district title, taking third at regional. At state he was 44th of 108 runners. He also won first in the 800-meter in track. He then took second in area and fourth place in regional.
Osornio said he was pleased with the chance to continue his running career in college and is excited for the new challenge.
Emmons played volleyball and ran track for all four years in high school. She was a two-year participant in basketball, powerlifting and softball.
She was honorable mention in volleyball as a junior and took first team honors this year as a senior. She was a three-time regional qualifier in the 400-meter dash and the mile relay, two-time district champion in the 400-meter dash and area champion as a senior. She received the setter award in volleyball and runner MVP in track.
Emmons is receiving a $1,000 scholarship to run track and cross country at Clarendon. She plans to become a pediatrician.
Akers is excited about the chance to play basketball in college. She has been an active athlete at Cumby, participating in six sports.
“I am excited about going to college. We should have a good basketball team. We have seven starters coming back, three freshmen and two transfer students,” Akers said. “I am glad I will get to concentrate on just one sport.”
Akers has participated in athletics all four years at Cumby. She was also recently named the top overall female athlete.
She played volleyball for four years. As a junior, she was honorable mention on a team which was area champions. She was the defensive MVP as a senior and her team finished as bi-district champions.
Akers played basketball all four years. As a senior she was academic all-district.
She also was very successful in track. As a sophomore the Lady Trojans track team won first and she qualified for area in discus. As a junior, the team won district and area. She qualified in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 relay teams and went to area and advanced to regional in the 4x400-relay. Her senior year, the team was district and area champions. She was a district champ in the 4x400 and the long jump. The were also area champions in the 4x200. She qualified for regional in the long jump, 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400-relays.
Akers participated in powerlifting all four years in high school. In her junior year was third place in regional and the team took the regional title. At state, she received a second place medal and the team won the state championship. Her senior year, she was second at regional and was an individual state champion. The team took third overall at state. She also received the outstanding total award and outstanding squat award her senior year at regional.
In softball she was a varsity player for four years. She was a second team utility player her sophomore year and first team infielder as a senior. She also ran cross country her senior year.
She cheered three of the four years in high school, being named a captain her senior year and nominated for All-American.
Akers will attend Schreiner University on academic scholarship worth $32,000 for four years and a additional $12,000. She plans to study political science and work toward becoming a detective.
“I talked with several other schools, but once I went to Schreiner and visited, that was it. I knew it was where I wanted to go,” Akers said.
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