Grain Valley High School February 2020 signing class
Jacob Misiorowksi committed to play baseball at the Oklahoma State University back when he was a sophomore.
The lanky right hander, who is considered one of the premier prep pitchers in the Midwest, signed his national letter along with 14 other Grain Valley High School seniors in what activities director Brandon Hart called “a celebration.”
“Days like this don’t just happen,” Hart said. “This is so much more than a signing day, it is a day of celebration for the our students, their parents and teammates and everyone who helped them get up here on the stage today to sign their letters.”
Hart said he believes it is one of the largest signing classes at the high school both in terms of quantity and quality.
“To have 15 honorees sign today is really special,” Hart added. “You look out in the auditorium and see all the people who have helped them get to where they are today and it’s just so special.”
Misiorowski’s baseball teammate Max Chapman also signed with a Division I school, Wichita State. Four other baseball players also signed letters, including Caden Matlon (Johnson County Community College), Seth Dankenbring (North Central Missouri College), Deryk Carey (Hannibal-LaGrange) and Mason Rogers (Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods).
“Today makes it all seem real. The thing I like so much about Oklahoma State is that they have a program like we have here at Grain Valley,” Misiorowski said. “They win, they have great coaches and they face some of the best competition in the country. It’s going to be exciting to go to Oklahoma State. I will never forget my baseball family at Grain Valley, I will just have a new baseball family at Oklahoma State.”
Chapman is equally excited about signing with Wichita State.
“They have one of the best baseball programs in the country, and I am honored to be a part of it,” Chapman said.
Jack Knust, The Examiner’s 2019 Boys Soccer Player of the Year and an all-state midfielder, signed with Truman State. Avery Brady of the girls soccer team signed with Division I Utah, and Kiera Arndorfer, an all-state midfielder last season, also signed with Truman State. Other girls soccer players signing were Madison Shields (Central Methodist) and Kameryn Drollinger (Hannibal-LaGrange).
“I can’t wait to go to Utah and accept the new challenges and do my best to take my game to the next level,” Brady said.
Gavin Oyler, a three-sport standout for the Eagles who started on the football team as a freshman, signed to play football at NCAA Division II Central Missouri, which finished last season ranked 13th in the nation.
Taylor Hileman signed with North Central Missouri College to play women’s golf and Keely Hill signed with MCC-Maple Woods to play softball.
Royce Fisher, a standout on both the track and cross country teams at Grain Valley, signed with Division I Arkansas State.
“Today is such a blessed day, I am so blessed and so honored to sign with Arkansas State and continue my cross country and running careers at a great university,” said Fisher, an all-state finisher at state cross country last fall.