It’s been quite a week for Blue Springs South senior Tori Findley.
She won her first state cross country championship Saturday in Jefferson City, after finishing in second place as a junior, and Wednesday afternoon in South’s Performing Arts Center she joined eight of her classmates to take part in the 2017 National Collegiate Signing Day.
Joining Findley were Abby Cisneros, Central Methodist (softball); Sydney Righi, Emporia State (softball); Kailee Odegard, Emporia State (softball), Allante Hall, Arkansas (baseball); Nicole Curtis, Park University (softball); Haley Woolf, Evansville (softball); Madison Crosslin, Syracuse (softball); and teammate Danielle Hotalling, Creighton (cross country and track).
“It’s been an amazing week,” said Findley, who run cross country and track at the University of Missouri. “I’ve known I was going to Mizzou for quite some time, but today, it all seems real. I got my official letter in the mail yesterday and that was just a cool moment. I opened it, and knew that I was coming to the school today with my mom and dad to sign it, and it was just the perfect time to have it all happen since I was still celebrating my state championship and our (team’s) fourth-place finish at state.
“I still have my senior track and field season, and I’m really looking forward to it, but today, I’m thinking about Mizzou and what it’s going to be like competing at the Division I level. I can’t wait.”
Neither can Hall, one of the premier catchers in the state who selected Arkansas over several other Division I schools.
“When I visited Arkansas, it just felt like home,” said Hall, an Examiner All-Area first-team selection last spring. “I felt like I was already part of the Arkansas family when I visited there. They made me feel at home just like Coach (Ben) Baier and my teammates make me feel here at South.”
Hall said signing the national letter to Arkansas will make his senior year in baseball much more enjoyable.
“No more phone calls or emails or texts,” Hall said, grinning. “Now, I can concentrate on my senior year and helping this team go to state. That is my only goal as a senior – going to state with my South teammates. That would be the perfect way to end my high school career.”
The signing was held at the end of the school day Wednesday and many of the participants were unavailable for comments once it ended.