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  • Blue Springs South athletes sign letters

  • Miranda Pollard and her parents felt safe Wednesday walking into the Blue Springs South Performance Arts Center carrying purple balloons as the Jaguar senior prepared to sign a letter of intent to play golf at Southwest Baptist University.

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  • Miranda Pollard and her parents felt safe Wednesday walking into the Blue Springs South Performance Arts Center carrying purple balloons as the Jaguar senior prepared to sign a letter of intent to play golf at Southwest Baptist University.
    Purple just happens to be a team color of archrival Blue Springs High School.
    “We felt like since they were purple and white we'd be all right,” joked Pollard, who was joined by five other seniors at the signing ceremony. “Two years ago, I never imagined playing golf in college. I've just played in high school for two years and this is like a dream come true.”
    Cheerleader Marissa Torres, who signed with the University of Central Missouri, agreed.
    “I've only cheered in high school for two years, because I was involved in acro gymnastics,” Torres said, “so now, I have the opportunity to cheer four more years in college.”
    She will be part of the Mules football and basketball cheer squads.
    “I love cheering for football and basketball,” Torres said, “and at UCM, you cheer for both the men and women. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity and can't wait to get to UCM.”
    The other signees have participated in their respective sports much longer than two years, as JJ Kirwin signed to play baseball at Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo.; Andrew Wright also signed at Central Methodist, where he will play basketball; Maddy Chappell inked a letter to play soccer at MCC-Blue River in Independence; and Blake Wyatt plans to throw the shot and discus at Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Mo.
    “When I visited the Central Methodist campus I just knew that was where I wanted to go to college,” Kirwin said. “I liked the coaches, the players, all the students I met. I felt like I was home.
    “And it will be great to have someone I know like Andrew down there, too. We are going to be too busy to see too much of each other, but it will be great to have a familiar face on the campus.”
    Wright was part of a basketball renaissance at South, and he hopes to continue his success at the next level.
    “I'm very excited about the challenges at Central Methodist,” said Wright, a 3-point specialist who was an honorable mention selection to The Examiner’s 2012-13 All-Area team. “Central Methodist has a great program and I'm honored and excited to be a part of it.”
    Wyatt said the coaches at Southwest Baptist played a big role in his decision.
    “I didn't know what to think when I went down there for a visit and they convinced me that that is where I should go,” Wyatt said. “I'm excited about it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Chappell said this signing day takes a lot of pressure off her shoulders for the remainder of the school year.
    “It's just such a relief to know where I'm going,” Chappell said. “Now, I can play soccer two more years at junior college and see what happens after that.”
    Two more South student-athletes have made commitments, but were unable to attend the ceremony.
    Nick Rehmer plans to play golf at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and Ryland Massey signed to throw the hammer at Southwest Baptist.
    “Nick is actually playing golf today,” South activities director Tim Michael said, “and Ryland is representing South at an off-campus activity. We hope to have a special signing presentation for them before the end of the school year.”
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