Cats in College: Local athletes making their mark in the collegiate ranks

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 226, 2007 - A number of former Sulphur Springs athletes have been making their mark in the collegiate ranks this fall.

SSHS has players participating in football, boys soccer, girls soccer, cross country, volleyball, fall baseball and softball at the junior college, small college and major college levels.

Football

Keenan Clayton, a sophomore safety at the University of Oklahoma, has 12 tackles for the Sooners (7-1), who are ranked No. 4 in the nation in the AP poll and No. 6 in the BCS rankings.

Johan Givens, a senior running back at the University of Texas-El Paso, has played in five games, rushing nine times for 59 yards, a 6.6-yard average.

Jon Lindley, a senior cornerback at SMU, has made 20 tackles and intercepted one pass this season. He has also defensed three passes.

Rolaundo Wright, a sophomore wide receiver at Arkansas Tech University, has caught 11 passes for 166 yards (15.1-yard average) and two touchdowns. His younger brother, Torrence Wright, is an offensive lineman for the Wonderboys.

Spencer Daniel, a sophomore kicker at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, leads the team in points scored with 40. He has hit 6-of-9 field goals and has been perfect on 22 PAT attempts.

Kendall Wright, a junior wide receiver at Northwest Missouri State University, is the team's leading receiver with 22 receptions for 409 yards and four TDs. He has also returned 14 punts for 165 yards and one TD. The Bearcats (6-1), who have played in the NCAA Div. II championship game each of the last two seasons, are ranked No. 7 in the nation.

Boys Soccer

Colt Lancaster has played in two games as a true freshman at Ouachita Baptist University.

Wilfredo Larios, a junior at Howard Payne University, is starting at midfielder.

Girls Soccer

Gayle Grand-Lienard, a true freshman at Texas Woman's University has started nine of the Pioneers' 17 games. She has taken 22 shots, 14 of them on goal, and has scored once.

Mackenzie Kelty, a sophomore transfer at Texas A&M-Commerce, played in two games for the Lady Lions (8-9-0).

Baseball

Josh Riley, sophomore, and Clay Wilks, freshmen, are playing for Howard College in its fall schedule.

Softball

Melissa McSheffery, senior third baseman at St. Edward's University, hit three home runs in one game last week in the Hilltoppers' abbreviated fall schedule.

Cross Country

Graham Northcutt, true freshman at Texas A&M University, has ran in four meets for the Aggies. The Big 12 meet is being contested today.

Kasie Carrell, true freshman at Texas A&M-Commerce, clocked a personal best time of 29 minutes, 19 seconds in a 10K.

Tyler Tyndell, a sophomore at Texas A&M-Commerce, placed ninth at the Lone Star Conference meet. Tyndell ran for SSHS until his junior year, when he transferred to Paris.

Volleyball

Tara Gibby is a sophomore at Paris Junior College. The Dragons are 11-20.

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