Lady Bulldogs sign letters of intent

From left, Royse City seniors Hadlee Patrick, Abby Thomas, Lauren Skinner, Maci Bookout and Sophia Johnson signed their letters of intent last week at a ceremony held by the Royse City ISD athletic department. 

The Royse City High School girls’ athletics program had five of its graduating seniors sign letters of intent to attend and play at colleges around Texas and Oklahoma at a signing ceremony last week.

The high school volleyball, softball and basketball teams have students going on to play at the collegiate level and the singing ceremony was a step to that end. Dallas Bookout, girls’ basketball coach and father of one of the signees, Maci Bookout, spoke before the signing. 

“This is such a great accomplishment for each one of them, there’s a lot of hard work they’ve put into that, not only by the athletes themselves, but by their parents, grandparents, coaches, siblings,” he said. “There were a lot of sacrifices put into this.”

Hadlee Patrick and Abby Thomas signed letters of intent with Paris Junior College softball, Lauren Skinner signed with McPherson College for softball, Maci Bookout signed with Southeastern Oklahoma State University for basketball and Sophia Johnson signed with Blinn Junior College for volleyball.

Head volleyball coach Tori Orms and head softball coach Lee Kuyrkendall also spoke at the signing ceremony, which had teammates, coaches, family, friends and community members attend in support of the Royse City High School seniors. 

“Every story is different, the path each athlete takes is different,” Kuyrkendall said.

Bookout concluded the remarks at the ceremony, after which the five athletes signed their letters of intent.

“To be a player at the collegiate level you have to work extremely hard, you have to prepare for games, you have to compete and work with your teammates and be a great player,” Bookout said. “All of you represent Royse City the right way.”

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