In the last four seasons, the Cedar Park football team has 50 wins. Five Timberwolves will earn more wins at the college level after signing day on Wednesday.
Mak Sexton (Pittsburg State), Jonathan Kelly (West Texas A&M), Mason Brooks (Western Kentucky), Aries Ramos (Mary Hardin-Baylor) and Trajaan Chase (Sul Ross University) all signed to play football on Wednesday morning.
“It’s such a relief to be somewhere where you feel comfortable and be somewhere you feel like home,” Brooks said. “It’s an honor to have the experience, but (it feels good) to finally be done with it. I’m happy with where I landed and it’s just such a blessing.”
Additionally, boys’ soccer players Lance Radtke (Texas Lutheran) and Griffin Bacher (Concordia), girls’ soccer players Jewell Resseguie (St. Edwards) and Dana Cripe (Midwestern State University) and softball player Skyler Cooper (Mary Hardin-Baylor) also committed to continuing their athletic careers.
Brooks was a unanimous first-team All-District selection and Kelly was the district’s unanimous Offensive Lineman of the Year, while Sexton — despite missing the last six games with a broken leg — was a first-team selection for the second straight year.
“It was very stressful,” Sexton said. “I went from last year having one or two colleges look at me to having five or six colleges look at me. But that really didn’t happen until senior year. I was really nervous that nobody was going to look at me. It’s relieving to have finally picked a college.”
He said the injury he suffered didn’t change how he was recruited and that he was cleared on Monday to play baseball for the Timberwolves once against this season.
Bacher, a second-team All-District honoree from last season, joins Concordia as a defender while Radtke is one of the key players in midfield for the Timberwolves this season and heads to Texas Lutheran in Seguin.
Resseguie will join two other Cedar Park graduates on the women’s soccer roster at St. Edward’s and was described by Hilltoppers head coach Nick Cowell as a “skillful technical offensive player” that is “creative and can also score.”
Cedar Park girls’ soccer coach Jeff Gamble told the packed gym on Wednesday at Cripe has come along way since she was the backup goalkeeper.
Cooper struck out 67 batters in 62.1 innings of work for the Lady Timberwolves softball team last year with a 4.38 ERA and was named to the second-team All-District list. She led the team with 26 hits and finished the year with a .394 batting average.
The 10 signees are the biggest group committing of any LISD school during Wednesday’s National Signing Day.
“Cedar Park is somewhere that instantly feels like home,” Brooks said. “Everyone cares and you feel like you can be a part of it. To be able to be here and grow here and learn from these great coaches. The best school I could’ve been at is Cedar Park.”