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Three Spring Branch ISD high schools hosted Signing Day special programs events to honor 10 student-athletes who signed national letters of intent to participate in college athletics. Special event programs were held Feb. 6 at Memorial, Spring Woods and Stratford high schools 

The invitation and opportunity to participate in college-level athletics is a significant achievement. The athletic roster offers and scholarships extended to these students also reflect good academic standing and positive personal conduct and leadership abilities.

Signing Day programs included:

Memorial High School

  • Davis Koskie, Football, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Jared Plank, Baseball,  Rice University, Houston

Gary Koch, athletic director and football coach, said that Signing Day is a celebration of student-athletes and their teammates, both on and off the field, as they prepare to enter a new and challenging chapter in their lives. 

“It is also an opportunity to celebrate and honor the students’ support system that helped lay ground work for this success. However it is a bittersweet moment for parents, teachers, coaches and friends as they reflect upon the steps it took to get here and the effect that this success will have as they move forward in their lives. We believe that no matter how far they travel in their lives and what great success they might have, they will always be Memorial Mustangs,” said Coach Koch.  

In addition to the athletic director, Memorial’s baseball coach is Jeremy York.

 

Spring Woods High School

  • Maverik Dobson, Baseball, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, Minn. Maverik plans to study engineering.
  • Miranda Essing, Softball, Concordia University, Austin, Texas. Miranda plans to study education.
  • Megan Todd, Softball, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas. Megan plans to study finance.

In event remarks, Athletic Director Keith Cripps noted that Spring Woods teachers, staff and leadership are proud of all student-athletes who will be going on to colleges and universities to play sports.

“They put in a lot of time both on and off the field to receive the opportunity to go to college and to play sports. It is a great honor for each one of them because they know what they put into this. Their parents are very proud as well of their hard work, and for their opportunity to go to college. We know each one of them will represent Spring Woods both on and off the field the right way,” Coach Cripps said.

“This means a great deal for all of the students at Spring Woods because it gives them hope in their own future for going to college one day and also possibly playing sports,” he also said.

Spring Woods baseball coach is Brian Keefe. Softball coach is Danielle Garay.

 

Stratford High School

  • Grace Custer, Cross Country, Columbia University, New York City. Grace will study finance/economics.
  • Kaivon Dixon, Diving, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. Kaivon will study pre-medicine.
  • Cullen Hannigan, Baseball, Rice University, Houston. Cullen will study engineering.
  • Emma Stevenson, Swimming, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Emma will study forensic investigation science.
  • Christyan Sampy, Track & Field, University of Houston. Christyan will study civil engineering.

Athletic Director Todd Rankin joined a large group of athletes, parents and Stratford High coaches and instructors at an afternoon celebration.

“This is such a proud moment for these students. It is something they dream [about] from a young age. All the sacrifice and perseverance is what we celebrate today. It is special for their parents, family, coaches, teammates, friends. It is awesome to see it all come together like this,” Coach Rankin said.

Stratford High coaches include Tony Brillon, cross country and track & field; Keith Humphreys, baseball; and Mike Hoskovec, swimming.

 

In general, SBISD high schools often host Signing Day events to align with national programs, which now include both early fall and winter letter-of-intent signings.