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A memorable day for Wildcat athletes

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    From left to right: Seniors Trevor Magnuson, Cade Watson, Kiana Gibson and Payton Jones. Photo by Ron Ramirez


Last Wednesday was a day four Elgin athletes will never forget as they signed college scholarships to be student-athletes for their respective schools. A large crowd of family, staff, friends and well-wishers gathered in the high school cafeteria to cheer on seniors Trevor Magnuson, Cade Watson, Kiana Gibson and Payton Jones as they made official one of the most important decisions they have made in their young lives.

Trevor Magnuson will be going to school at North Central Texas College located in Gainesville, Texas. He is looking forward to being a NCTC Lion on its baseball team and will probably be playing as an outfielder. Trevor also starred on the Wildcat football team. He is excited about taking his college courses and his major is as yet undecided. Gainesville is about a four-hour drive from Elgin, and Trevor knows that some of his games will be within the central Texas area so he knows he will have plenty of family and friends come watch him play. He visited the campus in November and was impressed with the family atmosphere he saw while there. Trevor’s proud parents are Kevin and Christa Magnuson.

Cade Watson will be heading to his school in August at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Cade will have to make about a six-hour drive to represent the Lobos on the baseball field as a pitcher. While at SRSU, he hopes to major in kinesiology while also completing his core classes. A member of the American Southwest Conference, Sul Ross has a beautiful campus, according to Cade. He is excited and nervous about his soon-to-be new environment, but he knows his family and friends will be making the drive to see him in his new home. It also helps he will know a couple of students when he gets there from his club ball experience. Cade’s proud parents are Chad and Brandi Watson.

Kiana Gibson will head to neighboring Louisiana, specifically Thibodaux, to play softball for the Nicholls State University Lady Colonels after graduation. A member of the Southland Conference, NSU has a very competitive softball team that will be playing teams all over Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, so her family will have plenty of opportunities to catch her playing third base or short stop out on the field. Kiana has visited the campus four times already and will be majoring in biology. She wants to be a dentist, so she will complete her pre-med there at NSU before attending dental school. She is excited about having some independence and living different experiences than what she has had in Elgin. Her proud parents are Kelly and Jessica Gibson.

Payton Jones will be traveling even further east to play volleyball at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The EC Triton volleyball coach saw Payton play at a tournament that Payton’s club team played in Orlando and has recruited her since that time. Payton also liked the fact that Eckerd has a recognized marine science school, specifically marine biology, which will be her major in college. St. Petersburg is about half way down the Florida Gulf Coast, and Payton is excited to go to school on the coastline of such a beautiful beach. She is excited for this upcoming adventure but will miss seeing her parents every day. Her proud parents are Chris and Chevon Jones.