JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — Four Marble Falls High School soon-to-be graduates signed their letters of intent during a ceremony June 5.
Baseball players Cullen Vaught will be going to Texas Christian University, Garrett Winslett to North Lake College and Domenic Patterson to Weatherford Collge, while football player Chance Armstrong signed with Southwestern University.
“It’s a great day, not only for these young men and their families, but a great day for the community and Marble Falls High School,” said head baseball and assistant football coach J.T. Blair. “I couldn’t be prouder of these guys right here. It’s always a big day when you have signings.”
Vaught, who plays shortstop, said he visited the TCU campus during the fall, confirming why he’s always liked the university: its solid baseball program, great academics and an active campus life.
Winslett, a pitcher, said he chose NLC based on recommendations. Once he visited, he was hooked, he said.
“It’s one of the select few that can get me to the next level,” he said. “As far as coach (Corey) Mercer, I like the program he has. I thought it would be a good fit for me.”
Patterson, who will be an infielder, cited the same reason for picking Weatherford.
“I like the campus, the facilities,” he said.
Vaught, the son of Ken and Mary Jane Vaught, will major in business finance. He will report for summer school July 8 and do his summer workout before that.
Patterson, the son of Andre and Shannon Brown, will major in sports medicine.
Winslett, the son of Tim and Nita Winslett, will concentrate on generic studies to possibly pursue a business degree.
Both Winslett and Patterson are doing their summer workouts before reporting to their campuses later this summer.
Armstrong, who has already started his summer workouts, said he has learned plenty as a student-athlete at Marble Falls.
“Being a Mustang has taught me to stay determined and just keep working,” he said.
The baseball players agreed.
“It’s taught me to work hard,” he said. “(Blair) has some great pre-game speeches.”
“Coach Blair says no matter what the situation is, no matter the score, keep on playing the game, because it can turn in an instant,” Winslett said. “From (assistant coach Weston) Franco, always work hard, never take a day off. Because if you do, there’s always somebody out there getting better.”
Blair said he knows coaches got the very best out of all four athletes.
“We worked hard with them, we spent time with them,” he said. “I’m proud of these guys and the work we did with them.”