Gab Sonnier, Braden Carter, Taylor Kile, Ty Cruse, and Mason Williams
Five Lumberton seniors signed letters of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 6, to the cheers of family and friends.
Taking the microphone at the PAC Coach Chris Babin introduced three football players and their intended schools for future play.
First off, Ty Cruse, seated with parents Randy and Holli Cruse, signed a letter to play football for Louisiana College as a slot receiver. Babin said Ty’s efforts as a Lumberton Raider was truly inspiring, “this guy just plays, out of his mind.”
Gabriel Sonnier with parents Amy Bobbitt and David Sonnier came up second to sign his letter.
Babin praised Gab’s playing ethic citing his “natural ability which he has cultivated into something great” as a promising feature.
Sonnier signed to play football for Abilene Christian University, an NCAA Division I Southland Conference team.
Last up to sign his letter of intent was Mason Williams with parents Theresa and Al Williams. Williams signed to play with the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas.
As part of the Southwest Conference, Mary Hardin Baylor has gone to Division III championship play three years in a row.
“Mason had great dreams even when I met him as a freshman,” Babin said, adding he’ll be an asset to their football program.
In baseball, Braden Carter signed a letter of intent to play at Texas Lutheran University, in Dallas.
Carter, appearing with his parents Tarin Starnes and Robby Carter received praise from Lumberton baseball Coach Josh Porter.
“We need many more kids like Braden, who play multiple sports,” Porter said, adding the discipline and work ethic Carter brought to play was stunning.
Finally, Coach Tara Gay introduced Taylor Kile as an athletic and academic Lumberton standout.
Kile with her parents Kari and Stewart Kile signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Baker University, in Baldwin City, Ka.
“No one person can take the credit for such an athlete, she is truly inspiring,” Gay said.
Congratulations to all student-athletes on signing letters of intent on National Signing Day.