Argyle Signing Day 2016

Argyle Signing Day 2016

by Steve Gamel

There are two major college signing days each year, one in November and the other in February. In each case, Argyle High School never fails to produce a large number of quality athletes who end up signing the dotted line to extend their athletic careers.

The school held a ceremony for six athletes on Nov. 9, the first day of the early signing period. Of those six, two signed with Division I programs while another made a shocking announcement.

That big announcement came from star basketball player Vivian Gray. The 6-foot-2-inch senior forward announced she was signing with Fort Lewis College, a Division II program in Durango, Colorado. Gray, one of the nation’s most coveted recruits, had offers from Texas, Baylor, Rice, Oklahoma State and others. She ultimately chose to be closer to her family.

“It was mostly a family decision,” Gray said. “Fort Lewis is the place I felt the most comfortable with. My sister goes there and my family is out there a lot. It’s like a second home for me.”

Gray was ranked as the No. 7 forward in the nation in her class by ESPN’s HoopGurlz at the time of her signing. Last year, she averaged 22.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while leading the Argyle girls basketball team to its second straight state title.

Gray wasn’t the only basketball player to sign her letter of intent. She was joined by teammates Jocelyn Pierce and Madison Ralston. Pierce is on her way to Texas A&M-Commerce while Ralston inked a deal with Emporia State University.

In volleyball, Halee Van Poppel and Allison White were the lone Division I signees that day. Van Poppel, a senior outside hitter, signed with Division I Belmont. White, the team’s star middle blocker, signed with Texas Tech.

White and Van Poppel have been key contributors for the Lady Eagles over the last three seasons. The team made the state tournament every year in that stretch, winning it all in 2015. White joins former Argyle standouts Katy Keenan and Eighmy Dobbins at Tech.

They were joined by Maddie DeGuire, who signed with Lubbock Christian. DeGuire is one of the top liberos in the area and prior to this season was named MVP of the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star game.

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