Chloe Armstrong, The Examiner’s 2017 Softball Player of the Year, was joined by Stacy Briggs, Josh Patrick and Justin Binnicker in an early morning signing session at Truman High School Wednesday.
Armstrong will play softball at Missouri Western University in St. Joseph; Patrick will play baseball at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo.; Briggs will run cross country and track at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.; and Binnicker will run cross country and track at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.
“Other than the day you get married, this is one of the biggest days of your life,” Truman activities director Eric Holm said to open the 7 a.m. ceremony. “It’s one of the best days of the year for me, a fun day where our student-athletes have the opportunity to go on and compete at the next level.”
Armstrong, who holds the Truman single-season mark of 14 home runs and the career record of 24, is a four-time all-conference selection, a three-time all district choice and two-time all-region honoree.
“Chloe has been a heart and soul player and the nucleus of Truman softball the past four years,” coach Dan Harper said. “I’m excited to see what she does at the next level, and she is playing so close up at St. Joseph, Missouri, we can all go watch her play.”
Armstrong shared her coach’s enthusiasm.
“I can’t wait to play at Mo-West,” Armstrong said, “the Chiefs train up there and they have amazing facilities. I can’t wait, I’m just so excited.”
Truman baseball coach Corey Lathrom lavished praise on Patrick, a third baseman who was a 2018 all-conference second team member.
“Josh works harder in a week than a lot of players do in an entire season,” Lathrom said. “You could not ask for anything more from a player than you get from Josh.”
Patrick has had such an impact on past teammates, Central Methodist players and Truman grads Matt Blau and Nick Wheeler left the campus in Fayette, Mo., at 4:30 a.m. to attend the signing ceremony.
“I guess all the hard work and taking pride in what you do pays off,” Patrick said. “It’s so great to see all my (present-day) teammates here along with Matt and Nick. Getting this scholarship is only going to make me work harder than ever before.”
Truman coach Marcus Summers said Briggs and Binnicker are two quality athletes.
“We can’t wait to see what Justin does at the next level and are excited that he has the opportunity to attend Graceland,” Summers said. “And Stacy is in the top five in our school’s 800, 1,600 and 3,200(-meter) events and is the returning city league champion. She’s been a high flyer for our program since she got here.”
Binnicker is continuing a family tradition at Graceland.
“I have a lot of connections with Graceland and my father actually works there,” Binnicker said. “I can’t wait to see what it’s like to compete at the collegiate level.”
Added Briggs: “I’m just so excited to be able to run in college. I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way.”