Article Courtesy of Phil Hicks, Tyler Morning Telegraph
The signing season is in full force this spring as six more Tyler Junior College athletes inked with four-year colleges on Tuesday.
Committing for the next two years were four soccer players — Alice Coyne (Lindsey Wilson College), Carina Dunnahoo (Midwestern State University), Stacie Murray (University of Massachusetts) and Jahmela Williams (Clayton State University), and two basketball players — Carolina Lopez (Oral Roberts University) and Adrienne Phillips (Bethune-Cookman University).
The group put their signatures on the dotted line during a ceremony in the foyer of Wagstaff Gymnasium before teammates, friends, coaches and supporters.
The four players were a huge part of the Apache Ladies' two-year record of 43-3-2, plus consecutive national championship games; and a 2011 national title which featured a 24-0 mark.
Murray and Williams were both NJCAA All-Americans for the Apache Ladies.
Murray, from Southampton, England, liked her visit to UMass and immediately fell in love with the Amherst, Mass., school.
"I visited UMass in December and I really like the school and the team," said Murray, who decided to be a Minutewoman over a number of other D-I schools. "They are a good standard; and have lots of other sports like ice hockey. I am really looking forward to attending UMass."
Murray will play forward for Massachusetts, which competes in the Atlantic 10. She will major in kinesiology.
Williams, of Las Vegas, picked Clayton State because of the "great soccer program, great area and they have a very good criminal justice program, which is my major."
She decided on the Morrow, Ga., school, which is just outside of Atlanta, over West Florida and Memphis. Williams is a forward.
The Lady Lakers compete in NCAA Division II and in the Peach Belt Conference.
Coyne, of Norfolk, England, decided to go to Lindsey Wilson, which is located in Columbia, Ky., over North Alabama. The left-midfielder will major in business with an emphasis in accounting.
"They are the defending national champions (in NAIA) and I'm looking to winning another ring," Coyne said.
Dunnahoo, of Belton, picked Midwestern State over Troy University. She decided to stay in-state at the Wichita Falls school instead of traveling to Alabama. She will play left back for the Mustangs. MWS is an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Lone Star Conference.
TJC coach Corey Rose said he was proud of his players. Besides doing well on the playing field "they got it done in the classroom. They all have over 3.0 grade point averages."