Fair Grove Seniors Continue Their Sports Careers at College Level


Emilie Armstrong

Preston Padgett (12), pictured here playing against Cole Camp in the Stover Classic Tournament, will be playing for Evangel University next Fall.

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The Fair Grove High School has four students who are planning to continue their sports career in college. Hallie Merisotes will be attending Avila University in the fall to play volleyball. Along with a volleyball scholarship, Merisotes will also receive a scholarship for her academics. Merisotes comments, “I am most looking forward to continuing the sport I love for another four years. Starting college with a great group of girls as teammates is also going to make everything so much better and I’m very excited.” Merisotes also says, “The worst part is probably going to be balancing homework and volleyball. We’ll have practice 6 days a week and weights every other day. I’m expecting homework every night but at least we have mandatory study hall to make sure I at least get some work done.”

The second senior, Wyle Potter, has signed to play football and run track next year at Central Methodist University. Potter says, “I look forward to running the ball and making as many touchdowns as I can.” Potter’s biggest fear with continuing his sports career is getting injured.

Preston Padgett has signed to play soccer at Evangel University. Padgett is getting scholarships for athletics and academics. Padgett comments, “I’m looking forward to playing with new teammates, making new friends, learning new things and the overall experience of college soccer! It’ll be fun to play again and just exciting to know I am not finished yet!”

Dylan Lucas has signed to play baseball at Avila University. Lucas will also be receiving both athletic and academic scholarships. Lucas says, “I am looking forward to being able to continue playing and to be able to get better at the sport both mentally and physically.” Lucas is most worried about the change in coaching styles between his high school coach and the college coach.