8/15/2013 9:07:00 PM SHS graduates prep for collegiate careers
While prep athletes begin preparing for their respective upcoming seasons, former Pioneers intent on playing collegiate sports are beginning to migrate to their respective schools.
Several graduated Pioneers and former graduates have left town to begin their collegiate careers while others will be leaving in the next few days.
Peyton Meacham, the all-state volleyball player, is in Bolivar, Mo., where she will play collegiate volleyball for Southwest Baptist University. Meacham recently ended her prep career with an impressive performance in the all-state game, which was won by her Large East team.
Former Stillwater High teammate Alexia Geer recently traveled to Alva to check in at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where she will also play volleyball.
Former Lady Pioneer basketball player Callie Atkins will be leaving this week for McPherson, Kan., where she will play collegiate basketball at McPherson College. Austyn Iven, who was selected late to play in the recent All-State girls' basketball game, will be a walk-on member of Oklahoma State's Cowgirl basketball team.
Rico Thompson, SHS's returned recently to Vermillion, S. D., where he will play on the University of South Dakota's basketball team.
XXX Matt Brown, the former Pioneer right-handed pitcher, has transferred from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where he pitched the past two seasons. Brown transferred to Oklahoma Christian University where he will join former Pioneer assistant coach Manny Cervantes, who is an assistant coach at OCC. Cervantes works for head coach Lonny Cobble, who was the former head coach at Edmond Santa Fe. Pioneer baseball team this season.
XXX Jeramie Littell, Jon's older brother and the former standout Pioneer quarterback, has given up football and will return to the diamond. Jeramie signed with Washburn University of Topeka, Kan., out of high school and was a member of the team this past season. He, however, decided to return to baseball and will play for Northern Oklahoma-Enid Junior College.
XXX Ryder Jones, the former standout Pioneer baseball player, is now playing professional baseball. Jones played for SHS through his junior year before moving to Boone, N. C. when his dad, Billy, was named head baseball coach at Appalachian State. He was a gifted shortstop and pitcher for the Pioneers, starting on the mound in the Class 6A state tournament his junior year against Edmond Santa Fe. Jones was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and recently signed a professional contract. He is currenlty playing on the Giants' rookie league team in Arizona. After 24 games, Jones is batting .352 with one home run and 15 runs-batted-in. He is currently playing third base.