JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Texas Lutheran University is getting a pair of quality Marble Falls High School athletes who will carry on what they learned as Mustangs to the next level.
That’s what their head coaches said during the duo’s signing ceremony April 20.
Chase Salinas will play baseball for the Bulldogs, while Zachary Spruill will be a basketball player at the Seguin school.
Mustangs head baseball coach Tim Hulon said he has watched Salinas develop and get better every season during the four he has worked with the youngster. He noted that no more than 5 percent of high school baseball players sign to play college ball, so the fact Salinas did sign illustrates plenty about his ability and character.
“He stayed after practice and took extra cuts,” Hulon said. “When I told him it’s time to go home, he’d ask for one more bucket. When you have young men doing those things, when they have a goal in mind, it’s hard to hold them back.”
The coach said Salinas doesn’t have a teammate who’ll say anything badly of him, even though he gets intense in practice.
“With the way you work, you go play at the level you do here, and in the summer, it’s going to happen for you,” Hulon said. “They’re getting a great ballplayer. When you have that kind of support, you can achieve those things. His family should be very proud of him.”
First-year Mustangs head basketball coach Matt Bailey was equally enthusiastic of his player. Bailey’s only wish was that the two spent more than one year together.
“(Spruill) is a very quiet kid,” he said. “When it comes to basketball, he’s serious about it. His dream was to get to the next level. He’s determined not only on the floor but in the classroom.”
Spruill is liked by his teammates, too, Bailey said, and has helped them improve as well.
“We know you’re going to do great things,” he told Spruill. “We’re excited about watching you in the next four years. You set a goal and reached it. We’re proud of you and excited for the future.”
Both will major in business.