Athletes sign to extend careers in college

Seven Jaguars commit to play baseball, basketball, soccer, football, golf and volleyball respectively

Tuesday, April 10, seven Jaguar athletes took the bold step of signing Letters of Intent to continue the sport they excel in at the collegiate level. All are headed out of Kansas reaching as far east as Indianapolis, Indiana and west to Gunnison, Colorado, southwest of Denver.

Seniors Lauren Harrell, Makenzie Lake, Chris Mincher, Aaron Robinson, Jackson Rogers, Maia Wilson and Megan Wurth capped their high school athletic careers by signing in the gym in front of their friends and families. 

Lauren Harrell-Volleyball-Western State Colorado, Gunnison, Colorado

Makenzie Lake-Volleyball-Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Missouri

Chris Mincher-Baseball-William Penn University, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Aaron Robinson-Golf-Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa

Jackson Rogers-Football-Missouri Science & Technology, Rolla, Missouri

Maia Wilson-Basketball-Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Missouri

Megan Wurth-Soccer-Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis in Indiana

Chris Mincher sits with a table draped in navy and gold for his future school, William Penn University in Iowa.    

Coach Richard Strecker speaks a few words about the commitment of basketball player Maia Wilson. 

Senior Megan Worth takes the microphone to talk about her experiences as a Jaguar soccer player.

Athletic director, Cindy Roach, introduces the players and coaches assembled for the Spring sports signing ceremony.

Megan Worth smiles at her friends and family.

Senior Jackson Rogers talks to the crowd about how his experiences with the BV West football team helped him win a position with the Missouri Science and Technology Miners next fall.

Wurth makes it official by signing the Letter of Intent from the NCAA.

Roach teases volleyball coach Jessica Horshtick about saying goodbye to two seniors in the ceremony. 

Wilson signs her Letter of Intent to play basketball at Culver-Stockton College located in northeast Missouri.

Senior Makenzie Lake talks to the crowd about the support she’s enjoyed at BV West as a volleyball player.

Lake signs her Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Missouri Valley College.

Volleyball player, Lauren Harrell, sits proudly decked out in red and silver for Western State Colorado University. 

Wilson smiles as she waits for the ceremony to begin. 

Students came to the ceremony to honor the athletes but a good cookie was always welcome. 

Jaguar soccer coach, Alex Aiman, poses with Wurth at her signing to IUPUI in Indianapolis.

The seven signees assemble for the obligatory photo group photo but the onlookers know the time and energy assembled is immeasurable.

Wilson tries to read the speech she prepared without getting too emotional. She endured injuries throughout her high school career making the signing day even more meaningful.

Aiman talks to the crowd about the talent and skill Wurth displays on the pitch while also complimenting her unselfish play.

Maia Wilson’s cookies at the signing ceremony were decorated in the colors of her college.

Maia Wilson and her grandparents pose for a picture before the signing ceremony.

Megan Wurth poses for a picture right before setting up her table.

Aaron Robinson smiles to his friends as he waits for the ceremony to begin. Robinson was signing to play golf at Morningside College in Iowa.

Wurth gets help from her mom in setting up her cookie plate.

Proud dad of Jackson Rogers helps decorate his table before the ceremony.

Robinson’s parents help set up his table before the beginning of the ceremony.

Mincher’s mom sets up his cookie tray while his grandparents look on.

Harrell arranges cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes as her mother looks on as students file into the gym.