Three Newton County student-athletes sign letters of intent
DECATUR, Miss. (WTOK) - Signings continued across the area for student-athletes and on Tuesday, three individuals from Newton County High School had the chance to commit to playing their sport at the college level.
In a special signing day ceremony, seniors Mackenzie Rigdon, Morgan Massey and David Burton signed their National Letters of Intent while surrounded by family, teammates and coaches.
Rigdon, who plays softball for the Lady Cougars, will continue playing next season at Meridian Community College. Rigdon had a .302 batting average last season and plays in the infield, outfield and pitches for Newton County.
Newton County softball head coach Justin Chaney said Rigdon is a hard worker that does everything asked of her.
“I’ve waited for this day my whole life,” Rigdon said. “I worked hard and put in the time.”
Massey competes on the Lady Cougars soccer team and will continue playing soccer next fall at East Central Community College. Massey, who is a midfielder, was named Outstanding Midfielder in MHSAA Region 4-4A after scoring 13 goals her junior season. She was also a 4-4A First-Team All-District selection.
Massey said soccer isn’t the only thing that drew her to sign with East Central.
“Coach (Ryan) Joiner has always told me about stuff they do away from practice time like karaoke nights, flag football and other team competitions," Massey said. “That kind of family atmosphere is what I’m really looking forward to.”
Burton will also be attending ECCC next year to continue his baseball career. During his junior season, Burton pitched 30 innings and threw 49 strikes for a 2-2 record. He also had a .257 batting average with two home runs, eight doubles and 15 RBIs.
The dream of playing baseball in college began for Burton when he was four years old and he believes playing for the Warriors can help propel him even further.
“I’ve heard of a lot of people coming from the program that have gone on to do really well,” Burton said. “It’s a good, Christian program and I just want to further myself as an athlete.”
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