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Myrick siblings sign with Kansas, Florida colleges

Myrick siblings sign with Kansas, Florida colleges
LVISD Zac and Kara Myrick of La Vernia High School sign their letters of intent last month. The siblings are joined by (back, from left) Girls Athletic Director Coach Richard Hinojosa; Head Softball Coach Michelle Uribe; their aunt, Taylor Ritter; father, Clifton Myrick; mother, Candence Myrick; Assistant Softball Coach Erin Ramos; and Superintendent Josť Moreno.

Zac Myrick

After receiving an offer to play baseball out of state, La Vernia High School senior Zac Myrick went all in, and signed his letter of intent last month to attend Brown Mackie College in Kansas.

Zac plays in the outfield for La Vernia, and for his club team, Lights Out Baseball. He is also a standout soccer player, who plays defender for his club team in San Antonio.

As for attending Brown Mackie, Zac said he absolutely wanted to go to college out of state, and is excited to “get out and explore.” He said he considered going to school in Florida, but in the end, felt Brown Mackie was the best fit for him.

“I’m looking forward to being on my own, and seeing if I can make it,” he said. “It’s a whole new thing for me. I can’t wait to see what it leads me to.

“I enjoyed my visit to the school, too,” he said. “The guys were cool, I really liked the coaches, and all the class work is done on computers. I really like that.”

Zac is not only excited for the opportunity to continue playing baseball, but also to further his education. He wants to be a physical trainer after college, and knows this is the first step in achieving that goal.

Although he is excited to move into this next phase of his life, Zac is also quick to admit that he will miss his family and friends. When he isn’t playing sports, Zac likes to spend time with his friends and to go to the movies, but he knows those days are numbered in La Vernia.

Zac said he really only remembers his good experiences with the La Vernia baseball team, and said he is excited for his senior season. He said he is also a bit nervous, as this is the last time he will see many of these guys. It should be a good year, though, as the Bears start the season with a great state ranking. The team could challenge for the state title, but it’s not going to be easy.

“It’s gonna take hard work,” Zac said. “We’ve gotta want it, and we have to play as a team.”

Zac said the Bears know that everyone will be gunning for them, and that even the smallest teams can’t be underestimated.

“There is lots of baseball to be played, but I’m looking forward to playing it.”

Zac’s favorite subject is history, and the young man had a unique reason to support his choice.

“It’s interesting to learn about the past, and how it affects us today,” he said. “To see how one decision can change the course of everything.”

It will be exciting to see how this decision changes the course of Zac’s life.

Good luck, and congratulations, Zac.

Kara Myrick

After weighing her options carefully, La Vernia High School senior Kara Myrick recently signed her letter of intent to attend school and play softball for Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Kara, the Lady Bears’ talented centerfielder, considered a number of schools before making her decision, including offers from Blinn College, Brown Mackie College, and a host of schools in South Carolina and Kansas. She made an official visit to Florida State College in September, though, and was pretty much hooked after that.

“I was impressed with the girls and the coaches,” she said. “I also liked that it was only about 15 minutes from the beach, and from the shopping center.”

Most of her time will be spent on campus, though, and it is there that Kara plans to major in kinesiology. Her career goal is to work as a coach or trainer after finishing school.

Moving out of your childhood home is always difficult, but Kara is also excited. “Getting a fresh start” is what she is most excited for, as well as learning new things, and playing against even tougher com-petition. Her soon-to-be coach, Jami Lind, also happens to be the winningest junior college coach of all time with more than 1,150 wins to her credit. Having the opportunity to learn and play under a coach of that caliber has Kara excited.

At the same time, Kara acknowledges that she will miss seeing her family and friends every day. She also will miss the Lady Bear softball team, as well as living in a small town where she seemingly knows everyone.

Kara’s journey to reach this milestone in life hasn’t been easy, and she has sacrificed much to make it happen. The softball career she began at just 5 years old, is now a year-round endeavor for Kara, as she competes for the La Vernia Lady Bears, and her Firecrackers travel club team.

As a member of the Lady Bear varsity softball team, Kara earned all-district honors during both her sophomore and junior seasons. In her upcoming senior season, Kara’s goal is to once again receive all-district honors, and to become the best player on her team. She is also looking to prove that she is the best in the district, and would love to win the district MVP award. Once she gets to college, Kara’s first goal is to earn the starting spot in centerfield.

Achieving each of these goals won’t come easily, but Kara is no stranger to hard work. She knows it’s going to take a lot of training on her part, and she is already putting in the time and effort. She is particularly focused on her batting this season, and as a self-taught switch hitter, Kara is working hard to get even better from both sides of the plate.

As for other hobbies outside of playing softball, Kara said there isn’t much time for that.

“Between school and playing with my travel team, there just isn’t much time for hobbies,” she said with a laugh. “It’s pretty hard to fit other stuff in.”

Kara and her teammates on the Lady Bear softball team are already hard at work, practicing for the upcoming season. La Vernia will take the field later this month, as they begin non-district play in New Braunfels.

Good luck, Kara!

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