Three South Choctaw Academy Rebels sign to play baseball at MUW
Three high school baseball players from South Choctaw Academy will be continuing their careers at the collegiate level. And these three seniors will have the opportunity to play at the same school in the fall.
Zack Dees, a catcher for the Rebels, understands the unique circumstance he and his teammates find themselves in.
“It’s very special to me because not many people have the chance to be able to go on and play college with their, with two more teammates and play on the same team as well” he said.
Playing collegiate baseball together was something that was important to pitcher, Courtlan Frost.
“It was really important – it made my college decision a lot easier,” Frost said. “Me and my friends have been friends since I was little…”
Dees, Frost and Dylan Kennett will be playing next season for the division III school, Mississippi University for women. The decision caps a lengthy career playing ball together, which began 14 years ago.
“It’s pretty important,” said Kennett, who played third base for the Rebels. “We’ve been playing together since t-ball so it was a pretty big decision I had to make and they made it a lot easier…it’s real special I think to be able to play with them since we’ve been playing together for so long to stick together.”
14 years’ worth of memories includes building a new baseball field, elimination games that lasted until the early morning and leading this year’s team into the playoffs. The past two years the boys were led by varsity head coach, William Wall.
“We stressed team and these guys are definitely unselfish, they’re hard workers, and they’re leaders,” Wall said. “They just do a great job and we’re really going to miss them.”
Dees, Frost and Kennett have made their mark on the program in terms of their leadership and character – something Athletic Director Charlie Taylor has seen not only in baseball, but in other settings.
These three right here have been tied together since they were four years old playing baseball, and they’ve played multiple sports here, but as far as our baseball program, they do a little bit of everything. I mean, they’re not only good players, they’re leaders on the field, they’re leaders in the classroom. They’ve just been tremendous leaders for this program and we’ll miss them and our loss is somebody else’s game.
And the journey continues for these three at the next level. Together.