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Examiner
  • Truman sends six off to college

  • With Brooke Parton as his point guard, Truman basketball coach Steve Cassity’s Patriots have a 50-2 record.

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  • With Brooke Parton as his point guard, Truman basketball coach Steve Cassity’s Patriots have a 50-2 record.
    “Brooke’s a winner,” Cassity said early Friday morning as Parton and five of her Truman classmates signed letters to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. “She is not your prototypical point guard – but we needed a point guard and she stepped forward and did an outstanding job for us.”
    Parton will play basketball at North Central Community College in Trenton, Mo.
    “Since I started playing basketball, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in college,” Parton said. “I’ve been part of some great Truman teams and I want to bring that winning attitude to North Central.”
    She will also be reunited with a former rival, William Chrisman graduate Simone Redditt.
    “I can’t wait to be on the same team with Simone,” Parton said. “She also comes from a winning program. I think next season could be very exciting.”
    Joining Parton at the signing ceremony were Taylor Corwin and Zach Felz, who will play soccer at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River; Amber Young, who will also play soccer at Blue River; and Hunter Beck, who will play football at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Kelsie Broyles, who will play softball at MCC-Maple Woods, missed the ceremony because of traffic.
    Truman boys and girls soccer coach Jared Byrne was thrilled to talk about his three standouts and their future at Blue River.
    “I think Taylor will have a successful college career,” Byrne said. “He works hard and has improved over the past four years. I’ve known Zach since he was a sixth or seventh grader who came up and worked out with the (Truman) team and held his own.
    “He has become a real leader over the past four years. And Amber is one of the toughest athletes – boy or girl – that I have ever known.
    “She broke her nose in a game and begged me to go back out and play. She is going to be very successful at Blue River.”
    An emotional Young spent several minutes posing for photos with family members and savoring every minute of the ceremony.
    “This is special,” said Young, a forward for the Patriots. “To be able to play soccer at college and to get a scholarship through soccer and the A-plus program is amazing. This is just a great day. And Zach and Taylor are two of my best friends so I’m glad we’re all going to Blue River together.”
    Taylor and Felz echoed those comments.
    “I’m excited to play at the next level,” said Corwin, a center-midfielder, “especially when I get to play with a teammate and friend like Zach. Blue River has a great men’s program and I think we’re going to have a lot of success next season.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Felz, who is also a center-midfielder, added, “I’m definitely excited about today and the opportunity to play college soccer. We both know a lot of guys on the team but it’s really great to play two more years with Taylor.”
    Truman football coach Jeff Floyd said Beck’s work ethic played a big role in his signing with Graceland.
    “The signing day (for football) came and went and he did not have any offers,” Floyd said. “But he kept working. He was disappointed, but that did not stop him from working. And it all worked out and prepared him for the opportunity to sign with Graceland.”
    Beck, who will play fullback in college, said he knew Graceland was where he wanted to go after he stepped foot on the campus.
    “I fell in love with the place,” Beck said. “I visited once, and loved it. I went back and felt the same way, so I knew that Graceland was the right choice for me. I just love it.”
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