Three local athletes sign on for college ball

By: Coleman Swierc - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Local athletes put the pen to the all-important paper.

Letters of intent were signed at All-Saints, and Tyler Junior College, as three area students decided their future.

At All-Saints, senior baseball player Bobby Sterken signed with Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississppi.

Sterken leads the Trojans in every major offensive category, and said his decision to make the move to Jackson, was based more on academics, than athletics.

"I have always said that if I had the opportunity to play baseball and go to school that is academically focused, then I would do it," said Sterken, "and that is what I found in Millsaps in Jackson, and I fell in love with the campus and I met the coach and liked the players, and you know it just fit."

Across town, two TJC Apache Lady basketball players found a fit.

Sophomore Monica Spearman signed on to play at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

Spearman led the Apache Women in scoring and rebounding, and said she was glad for the recruiting frenzy to be over.

"It was just a big relief because you know you don't have to answer those phone calls anymore and you don't have to answer those emails anymore, because you know where you are going."

Spearman's teammate, Jasmin Thomas will also be headed out of state.

The freshman will take her game to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.

For Thomas, she knows that nothing is gauranteed.

"I am going to practice hard and I am going to do what I have to do, you have to earn your position, you just cant go in there and expect to be starting, and expect all those different positions, you have to earn that type of stuff."