Two members of the highly successful Truman High School softball team joined two classmates in a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the school’s Performing Arts Center.
Catcher Maya Coen signed with Drury University, third baseman Tori Zorich signed with Washburn University, defensive tackle Lee Privett will play football at Peru State and defender Landon Rogers will join his brother Greyson playing soccer at Central Methodist.
“This is one of the better days of the year, one of the days I really enjoy,” Truman activities director Eric Holm said as a large group of family, friends and teammates filled the auditorium for the after-school signing session. “I coached at the collegiate level for 20 years, and I know how special it is from that end – when you sign a young man or woman, and know that they are going to be a part of your program for four years.
“Now, these young people are going to be able to play their sport at the next level and get some financial help, too.”
Coen hit .293 with 14 RBIs and 17 runs scored for the 28-4 Patriots. She was first-team all-conference and first-team all-district.
“She played out of position most of the past four years for us,” Truman coach Amy Temples said, as Coen is a natural outfielder who was the team’s starting catcher the past two seasons. “She has been a force for this team. She is the most versatile player I have coached.”
Coen said Drury in Springfield, Mo., was the right fit for her academically and athletically.
“I visited Drury and knew it was the school for me,” Coen said. “I like the small classes, I loved the team and coaches and can’t wait to get there.”
Zorich, who stands 5-foot-1, hit .446 for the Patriots with 24 RBIs and a .565 slugging percentage. She was first-team all-conference and a first-team Examiner All-Area choice.
“She is so small, yet she is the personification of what hard work and hitting the weight room can do for a player,” Temples said of Zorich.
Zorich wants to go into the medical field and work with sonograms, and Washburn, an NCAA DIvision II school in Topeka, Kan., offers that field.
“It’s the perfect fit,” Zorich said. “I was hoping to go there for the classes they offer. Now I can go and play softball.”
Truman football coach Gregg Webb said he will never forget his one year coaching Privett, who had 19 tackles this past season in a game against Marshall.
“He’s a character – I think that is the best word to describe Lee,” Webb said. “He has no filter, he says what he feels and he played hard for us. I’ll never forget that 19-tackle game against Marshall.”
Lee said Peru State offers him many opportunities in the classroom and on the field.
“I like the size of the school,” Privett said of the college in Peru, Neb., “and there aren’t going to be a lot of distractions. I can concentrate on my classes and football.”
Rogers, the all-time Truman assist leader who was the team captain this past season, said he can’t wait to play with Greyson.
“It’s where I always wanted to play,” he said.