Thirty-five Humble ISD athletes are looking forward to their next chapter in life as they signed with colleges and universities at this year’s Feb. 6 Signing Day held at the Humble Civic Center.

Humble ISD holds three signing days each school year; Wednesday’s signing day marked the first 2019 day where athletes from Atascocita, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Summer Creek and Humble high schools signed letters of intent for baseball, basketball, football, softball, cross country, track and field, golf, soccer, swimming, volleyball and equestrian sports.

VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL AND BASEBALL

Volleyball players Courtney Bates from Summer Creek and Victoria Marquez from Kingwood Park signed to play at East Texas Baptist and Caldwell universities, respectively. Marquez played on the state 5A championship team; the victory last November was a first in school history.

The University of St. Thomas was pleased to sign Atascocita High’s Hayden Morin for basketball and Summer Creek’s Timothy Mansell for baseball. Head baseball coach D.J. Wilson said of Mansell: “It is always a joy to see our student-athletes sign to play at the next level. Timothy is well deserving of his success and I am excited for him and his family.” The Bulldog baseball team shattered several school records during their 2018 season. The team had the most wins (18) in a single season and was Texas High School Baseball state-ranked for the first time. The team also won the school’s first ever 6A playoff game.

Football

Nine Humble ISD football players are headed to various states to play the sport at the college level. Four Summer Creek players signed Feb. 6: Dylan Bolden (Missouri Southern State), Xavier Daniels (UT-Permian Basin), Brandon Neal (West Texas A&M), and Jack Zelezinski (McNeese State). Coach John Arnett said, “As a coach new to Humble ISD, it is awesome to see such amazing support from the community and a sense of welcome from the student-athletes. All four of these young men deserve any accolades they receive. Their continued dedication and leadership was a large part of the success Summer Creek had this year. Coach Harrison came in and implemented a plan that the student-athletes, coaches and community wholeheartedly believed in. The expectations set by these young men prepare the foundation of success for years to come.”

Four Atascocita football players are headed to various universities, two in Texas. Matthew Martin signed with Southwestern University while Myron Morrison heads to nearby Rice University. Humble High School football player Tyler Martinez joins Atascocita player Tristan Heaton by heading to Henderson State University in Arkansas.

And last but certainly not least, Aggies across the state are excited to welcome five-star Atascocita High offensive lineman Kenyon Green to the Texas A&M offensive line. Green was the number-one recruit in the state of Texas, and Coach Jimbo Fisher and Aggie Offensive Coach Jim Turner are excited to see him come to Aggieland. Green said, “It’s a good feeling that I’m going to Texas A&M and I am ready to get to work.”

Softball, Swimming and Tennis

Atascocita High School softball players Bryanna Bell and Emery Stanush are blazing the trail to play softball at Prairie View A&M and Cisco College, respectively. Kingwood and Kingwood Park swimmers Matthew Newman, Zachary Cantrell and David Clark are ready to make waves at UT-Permian Basin, University of Delaware Honors College, and Chowan University, respectively, and Atascocita’s Carson Kirk is ready to go all net playing tennis at Schreiner University in the Texas hill country.

Soccer and Track

Seven Humble ISD soccer players are headed to Texas destinations and beyond to play at the college level. Three Atascocita High students, Ainlsey Cunningham (Northeastern State University), Erin Peters (King University), and Nia Rampersad (UTSA), signed to play soccer. Four Kingwood Park students, Allie Bird (University of North Texas), Bailey Schoener (Mary Hardin Baylor) and Taylor DeBrosky (Our Lady of the Lake) will play in Texas while teammate Isabella Salazar heads to University of the Ozarks.

Three track athletes signed with universities. Kingwood Park’s Zoie Reyna is headed to UTSA, Summer Creek’s Tianna Randle to UNLV, and Atascocita’s Taylor Nelloms to West Texas A&M.

KHS golfing brothers Holden and Hayes Hamilton are pictured with Kingwood Park soccer player Isabella Salazar on signing day. Photos by Jacqueline Havelka

Golf

Four Kingwood High school students are headed to the college links. Brothers Hayes and Holden Hamilton will play at McClennan Community College, where they will be joined by lady golfer Libby Singleton. Teammate Kaitlyn Charles will head to Tyler Junior College. Charles’ mom Kristin said, “We are so proud of Kaitlyn for all of the time and hard work she has put into receiving a scholarship to continue playing golf at the next level. Ever since she was 8 or 9 years old, her goal has been to play college golf and now she has been rewarded and recognized by receiving this opportunity. We know that she will make the most of this because of her determination.”

Equestrian Sports

Equestrian sports is certainly not a sport one sees represented very often at signing day, but this year, Feb. 6 was made unique thanks to Kingwood student and equestrian Lauren Livingston. Her college journey began two years ago at a Florida invitational college horse show. Livingston and coach Elizabeth Daugherty began looking at schools, but Kentucky’s Midway University really captured their attention. Livingston signed with Midway and will be on their hunt seat team (a style of forward-seat riding). Livingston’s parents greatly appreciate Coach Campbell recognizing Lauren as a KHS athlete and letting her participate in signing day: “KHS has always done whatever they can to support every student in reaching their academic and athletic goals in whichever areas they feel drawn toward. We are so proud to be part of the Mustang community!”

Congratulations to all of these amazing and talented athletes!

Jacqueline Havelka
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I am a rocket scientist turned writer. I worked at Lockheed Martin-Johnson Space Center for many years managing experiments on the Space Station and Shuttle, and I now own my own firm, Inform Scientific, specializing in technical and medical writing and research program management. I am a contributing correspondent to The Tribune, a Kingwood resident for 12 years, and proud mom to two Aggie sons.