It's been a whirlwind 48 hours for Blue Springs South libero Alexa Armendariz, who was named the first All-American volleyball player in the history of the school and learned she was an all-state pick Tuesday and then signed her national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play volleyball at the University of Missouri.
“It's been an unbelievable two days,” said Armendariz, as friends and family members congratulated her and posed for photos. “I don't even know what to say about the All-American honor. That's something I just can't believe, and today is so special.
“My sister (Priscilla) played at Missouri, and I'm so familiar with the school, the coaches and the players. That's the place I always wanted to go, and now, my dream is coming true.”
Joining Armendariz on the signing stage were Remy Davenport, basketball, University of Nebraska-Omaha; Reece Eddins, baseball, Nebraska; Madi Frerking, golf, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville; Madi Giles, softball, William Jewell; Colton Pogue, baseball, Western Illinois; Samantha Qualls, softball, Central Methodist; Jordan Rehkow, golf, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Austin Simms, baseball, Drury; Mia Swanegan, volleyball, Texas Christian University; and Harmony Clipperton, softball, Fort Hays State (who did not attend the ceremony).
“This is as good as it gets,” Eddins said after posing for a photo with the South baseball coaching staff. “I had my choice of schools, and Nebraska is where I always wanted to attend.”
Added Pogue: “When you work hard, and your dream comes true – playing Division I baseball – it just proves the hard work pays off.”
“All three of these guys are great young men who represent our program the right way,” South baseball head coach Ben Baier said. “I am proud of them. They have contributed to our program's success on the field and in the classroom, where we have been an academic all-state team the past three years, due in large part to the work ethic that this senior class has had.”
Volleyball coach Dave MacLean said he felt like laughing through the tears as he said goodbye to his two Division I standouts, Swanegan and Armendariz.
“Someone asked me if they would take our picture, and I jokingly asked them if they wanted to get a shot of me crying,” MacLean said, grinning. “We're going to miss these two great players and great young ladies, but they are living their dreams and I couldn't be happier for them.”
Softball coach Kristi Williams felt the same about her three standouts.
“This is what they dream about,” Williams said. “This day belongs to them, and it's fun to see their dreams come true.”
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“Those two seniors meant so much to our program, week in and week out, you knew just what to expect from Madi and Jordan,” Linke said. “I'm so proud of them. And we'll miss them next season.”
South activities director Tim Michael not only praised the class’ excellence on the field of play, but in the classroom.
“This class has a high 3.0 combined GPA,” Michael said after introducing the players and their parents. “This is the type of class you are proud of for many different reasons.”
South girls basketball coach Brad Oyler was at practice and was not available for immediate comment.