Two Calhoun athletes sign
March 7, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated March 6, 2012 at 9:07 p.m.
PORT LAVACA - These are high times for Calhoun athletics.
Wednesday afternoon featured yet another community celebration as two more athletes signed to play collegiately. Brandon Griffith signed with Lon Morris College, while Sage Sexton will be the newest member of the Texas A&M-Kingsville volleyball program.
The two are the fifth and sixth athletes at the school to sign collegiate scholarships.
Griffith said the class sizes and opportunity to play football are what attracted him to Lon Morris, where he will be joined teammate Thaelen Villarreal.
In his last two years at Calhoun, Griffith, a fullback, averaged 7.5 yards per carry, ran for 3,027 yards and scored 41 touchdowns. He thanked the entire football coaching staff at Calhoun for working with him throughout the years.
"They coach you up and they tell you what to do," Griffith said. "Even when they yell at you they are not mad at you, they are trying to help you. Right after they are done yelling at you they are there picking you up."
He plans to study kinesiology and minor in education so he can become a teacher and give back to younger football players all that has been given to him since he started playing in seventh grade.
Sexton also started playing volleyball in seventh grade. Back then she was an all-around athlete who tried cross country, basketball and track among others before finding her sport.
She was a 2011 all-area selection in volleyball after recording 269 kills, 316 digs her senior season.
Sexton said one of the allures about volleyball was that it continued to challenge her to become better. That is one of the reasons she said Calhoun volleyball coach Virginia Parsons has been the most influential presence during her time playing the sport.
"It's just amazing. When you get out there and you pass the ball well it's exciting," Sexton said. "Everything you do on the volleyball court gets me excited. When my other teammates do something great, I get super excited. It's the adrenaline rush. I guess I am passionate when I play."
Calhoun athletic director Richard Whitaker said the truest evidence of the impact people like Griffith and Sexton made will not be felt until June, when they graduate.
"I know their success will go forward in whatever they do," Whitaker said. "It makes me proud when we have kids who can go on and represent us well. It's sad to watch a group of kids graduate. There are a lot of holes to fill, but that's a part of high school."