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BASEBALL

ALEC ALMEIDA

Alec Almeida

SCHOOL Rogers Heritage

SIGNING WITH Ottawa

NOTABLE The senior infielder got limited at-bats last season because of injuries and had surgery for a torn labrum in his (non-throwing) left shoulder in the off-season. ... He could be ready for action as early as February. ... Almeida will play second base for the Braves, who competed at the NAIA level and are based in Ottawa, Kan. ... New Heritage coach Brian Walker said Almeida should be a key to the War Eagles' success with his mentality, energy and toughness.

QUOTABLE "I started getting that feeling that I wanted to keep playing in summer. I was playing really good. I had that feeling that something was going to happen and it did."

-- Paul Boyd • @nwapaulb

SAWYER DUDDLESTON

Sawyer Duddleston

SCHOOL Shiloh Christian

SIGNING WITH Arkansas Tech

NOTABLE Helped the Saints advance to the Class 4A state title game by batting .395 with a .531 on-base percentage. ... Belted 5 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs. ... Had a fielding percentage of .921 at third base. ... Will be a middle-of-the-order batter again this season for the Saints.

QUOTABLE "I've been dreaming of this day since I started playing T-ball. I felt Arkansas Tech was my best option to play early on. It's a great program and I love the coaches."

-- Chip Souza • @nwachip

LOGAN LIGHTNER

Logan Lightner, Springdale Har-Ber, signed a letter of intent with Lyon College.

SCHOOL Springdale Har-Ber

SIGNING WITH Lyon College

NOTABLE A reserve outfielder for the Wildcats last spring. ... Expected to be a contributor for Har-Ber this spring.

QUOTABLE "It's great to move on in my baseball career and academic career. I just want to thank everyone who has been with me on this journey."

-- Chip Souza • @nwachip

RALLY MILLER

Rally Miller, Springdale Har-Ber, signed a baseball letter of intent with Hendrix College.

SCHOOL Springdale Har-Ber

SIGNING WITH Hendrix College

NOTABLE Miller was a second baseman for the Wildcats and helped the team advance to the Class 6A state championship game last spring. ... Miller batted .345 with an on-base percentage of .480. ... Will major in history with an emphasis in pre-law at Hendrix College.

QUOTABLE "I've worked really hard for this day. I'd just like to thank my parents and my family for putting in the time and effort into this day."

-- Chip Souza • @nwachip

DAKOTA PETERS

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO Van Buren High School Dakota Peters (22) returns to the dugout after scoring a run during a baseball game, Monday, April 23, 2018 at Arvest Ball Park in Springdale.

SCHOOL Van Buren

SIGNING WITH Connors State

NOTABLE Batted .334 last season for the Pointers to earn All-Conference honors in the 6A-West. ... Had a .455 on-base percentage with 2 home runs and 10 doubles.

QUOTABLE "Signing with Connors State means everything to me in continuing my academic and athletic career. I look forward to being able to finish up my high school career here at Van Buren High School and going on to fulfill my dream of playing at the next level."

HOLT ROSS

Holt Ross, Springdale Har-Ber, signed a baseball letter of intent with Allen (Kan.) Community College.

SCHOOL Springdale Har-Ber

SIGNING WITH Allen (Kan.) Community College

NOTABLE Was a catcher for the Wildcats last season and helped the team reach the Class 6A state championship game. ... Batted .250 and threw out 25 percent of baserunners.

QUOTABLE "I've worked really hard for this moment. My summer coach was their recruiter there and I went up for a visit and loved the campus and the baseball program."

-- Chip Souza • @nwachip

LUKE DAVENPORT

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Luke Davenport Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Fayetteville High School. Davenport signed to play baseball for Connors State.

SCHOOL Fayetteville

SIGNING WITH Connors (Okla.) State

NOTABLE Six-game winner and .310 batting average for Bulldogs as a junior. ... Younger brother of Cody Davenport, a former UCA star who plays in the Kansas City Royals' organization.

QUOTABLE "As soon as I went there, I felt like they wanted me and it seems like the right fit. The plan is one or two years at Connors then Division I, hopefully."

ROSS SHIREY

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Ross Shirey Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Fayetteville High School. Shirey signed to play baseball for Harding University.

SCHOOL Fayetteville

SIGNING WITH Harding University

NOTABLE Pitcher and middle infielder. ... Went 2-3 last season with 4.48 ERA. ... Parents Jason and Amber Shirey are both former coaches.

QUOTABLE "The atmosphere is awesome at Hardings and I think I'll fit in really well down there. Academic-wise, I've got a pretty good grade point average and the school prides itself on having smart and intelligent students who go out to get good jobs and have an impact on the community."

MADDOX THORNTON

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Maddox Thornton, Bentonville West baseball player, takes part Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Bentonville West in Centerton.

SCHOOL Bentonville West

SIGNING WITH Crowder College

NOTABLE Was the ace on the Wolverines' pitching staff last season as he finished 7-2 with a 1.67 ERA in 12 appearances, including 11 starts. ... Pitched 54.2 innings and allowed 26 runs (13 earned) on 41 hits with 67 strikeouts and 29 walks. ... Threw one complete game -- a four-hit shutout against Rogers High with a season-high 11 strikeouts. ... Hit .327 with six doubles, 2 triples, 23 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

QUOTABLE "It's just a bunch of emotions. I'm super excited to go play collegiate baseball and go from there. Crowder has a beautiful, brand-new indoor facility that really caught my eye. The coaches are super reliable there, and hopefully I can get a lot better playing there. I'm going to start off a two-way player, and depending on what I choose throughout the spring, that's what I will do."

VANCE TOBEL

Vance Tobel

SCHOOL Rogers Heritage

SIGNING WITH Central Missouri

NOTABLE Hit .324 with a home run, three doubles and two triples and also drove 16 runs and scored 12 as a junior. ... Played some first base, third base and outfield for the War Eagles last season. ... Was also looking at Central Arkansas and Arkansas State. ... New Heritage coach Brian Walker said Tobel has a chance to be a big-time hitter in the middle of the lineup with a high ceiling in the future.

QUOTABLE "I started getting better and it just made me want to go to the next level and play. It's just always been a dream for me since I was little.."

-- Paul Boyd • @nwapaulb

JOHN TONEY

John Toney, Springdale Har-Ber, signed a baseball letter of intent with Allen (Kan.) Community College.

SCHOOL Springdale Har-Ber

SIGNING WITH Allen (Kan.) Community College

NOTABLE Was 2-0 with a 3.28 ERA last season for the Wildcats. ... Expected to carry a larger role this coming season for Har-Ber.

QUOTABLE "There are so many things that people in my life have done for me and helped me get to this spot. I am just so grateful and thankful that I am able to play baseball at the next level."

-- Chip Souza • @nwachip

ZACH TRAMMELL

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Zach Trammell, Bentonville West baseball player, takes part Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Bentonville West in Centerton.

SCHOOL Bentonville West

SIGNING WITH Labette Community College

NOTABLE The Wolverines' starting catcher hit .345 and led the team with six home runs and 35 RBIs last spring. ... Had a clutch three-run home run in the ninth inning of West's 5-1 victory over Springdale Har-Ber. ... Hit two home runs and drove in five during a nonconference game against McDonald County, Mo. ... Had a home run and drove in three runs against Bentonville in the Class 6A state baseball tournament.

QUOTABLE "They were talking to me about being on the corners and catcher, seeing what's going to work best. I haven't really played one of the corner spots since I was 7. I've caught ever since then. But I love catching, so I'm sure I will be catching. I want to become a better defensive catcher by keeping everything ahead of me and throwing more guys out."....

BASKETBALL

LAWSON JENKINS

Lawson Jenkins, Springdale Har-Ber, signed a basketball letter of intent with Missouri Southern State UNiversity.

SCHOOL Springdale Har-Ber

SIGNING WITH Missouri Southern State Univesity

NOTABLE Led the 6A-West Conference in scoring at 17.1 points per game along with 7 rebounds per game. ... Was named to the Class 6A All-State team and was a first-team selection on the All-NWADG Division I team. ... Was named to the Class 3A All-State team as a sophomore at Valley Springs before transferring to Har-Ber last season.

QUOTABLE "This day means a lot of me and my family, it means that all that hard work has paid off. It was a long process and I had some really good schools interested in me. When I went up for my visit it felt like home."

-- Chip Souza • @nwachip

SOFTBALL

ALLISON COWART

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Allison Cowart, Bentonville West softball player, takes part Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Bentonville West in Centerton.

SCHOOL Bentonville West

SIGNING WITH National Park College, Hot Springs

NOTABLE An outfielder who saw limited playing time last season. ... She had three hits in four at-bats, including a double, and two RBIs with six runs scored. ... Was used as a runner and stole five bases without being thrown out. ... National Park College will begin its inaugural season in spring 2021.

QUOTABLE "I'm very excited about this new journey. The coach really sold me. When I met her and interacted with her for the first time, I knew that was the coach I wanted to play for and where I wanted to be for the next two years. They envision me playing the outfield, and I don't know which position. If I had to choose, it would be center field."

SHALIN CHARLES

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Shalin Charles Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Fayetteville High School. Charles signed to play softball for Alabama A&M.

SCHOOL Fayetteville

SIGNING WITH Alabama A&M

NOTABLE Charles is a four-year letter winner whose batting average of .509 last spring was third-best in conference. ... She had 32 hits, including 23 for extra bases. Led the team with 30 RBIs and seven home runs.

QUOTABLE "I got recruited by Alabama A&M through my travel team in California. I couldn't be happier with this opportunity."

VOLLEYBALL

KYLER GREENLEE

Kyler Greenlee, Springdale Har-Ber volleyball, signed a letter of intent with Hendrix College.

SCHOOL Springdale Har-Ber

SIGNING WITH Hendrix College

NOTABLE Helped the Lady Wildcats advance to the Class 6A state semifinals as an outside hitter. ... Ranked second on the team in kills with more than 300. ... Considering majoring in math as a possible career as a teacher.

QUOTABLE "It's a very exciting day to get to continue my education and my volleyball career. I loved the campus and the school."

-- Chip Souza • @nwachip

AVERY KNISS

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Avery Kniss, Bentonville West volleyball player, takes part Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Bentonville West in Centerton.

SCHOOL Bentonville West

SIGNING WITH Coffeyville (Kan) Community College

NOTABLE The 5-foot-9 middle blocker finished the season with 124 kills, 5 aces, 16 blocks, 48 digs in the 83 sets she played. ... Had a season-high 15 kills in the Lady Wolverines' season opener against Shiloh Christian and had 10 kills in a win over Rogers Heritage. ... Had 317 kills in her three-year career at West. ...

QUOTABLE "It's really small and family-oriented. My coach made it like home and I won't feel like I'll get lost in the shuffle or feel left out. It's really tight and together. They envision me as a right-side hitter and maybe the back row. I'm getting a personal trainer to help me build muscle, and I'm going for private lessons in the offseason instead of club."

-- Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

AMELIA WHATLEY

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Amelia Whatley Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Fayetteville High School. Whatley signed to play volleyball for the College of the Ozarks.

SCHOOL Fayetteville

SIGNING WITH College of Ozarks (Missouri)

NOTABLE Whatley is a three-year starter and a member of the 2017 state championship team. She recorded 266 kills during the 2019 season.

QUOTABLE "I've chosen College of the Ozarks because it's a work-study university when I'll be able to work instead of paying for my tuition. Plus, they have a very good volleyball program and the girls are really tight."

KYNLEY BURTON

SCHOOL Pea Ridge

SIGNED WITH Oklahoma Christian

NOTABLE A three-time All-Conference selection in the 4A-1 and a two-time Class 4A all-state selection. ... Named to the All-State Tournament this season. ... Pounded 103 kills and had 46 blocks this season. ... Ended her career with 287 kills and 105 blocks. ... Plans to major in sports management and business administration.

QUOTABLE "I'm beyond grateful for Oklahoma Christian. I want to have a positive impact on my community through my job."

GIRLS SOCCER

GEORGIA TEMPLETON

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Georgia Templeton Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Fayetteville High School. Templeton signed to play soccer for Harding University.

SCHOOL Fayetteville

SIGNING WITH Harding University

NOTABLE Scored 12 goals and had eight assists while playing forward and center defense last spring for the Lady Bulldogs. ... All-state junior year and NWADG Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.

QUOTABLE "It was a tough choice for me trying to decide between Harding and John Brown University. But I really like Harding and it's a great academic school, so I'm really excited about my decision."

BOYS GOLF

PALMER McSPADDEN

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Palmer McSpaden Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during a signing ceremony at Fayetteville High School. McSpadden signed to play golf for Central Arkansas.

SCHOOL Fayetteville

SIGNING WITH Central Arkansas

NOTABLE McSpadden is a four-year starter, three-time all-state player, and the Class 6A state medalist. ... He helped Fayetteville to two state championships and four conference championships.

QUOTABLE "It's always been a goal of mine to play college golf. When I went down to UCA I really liked the coach and I think this provides me with a good opportunity."

Sports on 11/14/2019

Print Headline: Signing Day Roundup

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