WOODSBORO – Woodsboro’s Garrett Burns is concentrating on Friday’s bi-district playoff game against Charlotte.
But when the football season ends, Burns knows exactly what he’ll be doing.
“The Monday after football stops,” he said, “track starts.”
Burns will have plenty of incentive to get his senior season started after signing a letter of intent with Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday in the high school library.
“I knew their throwing coach (Tim Miller), and I knew how he coaches, and I went to his camp,” Burns said. “It was the best fit for me. I liked it down there. It’s close to home, and I thought I could improve down there.”
Burns was the male field athlete of the year on the Advocate’s all-area team as a junior after winning silver medals in the shot put and discus at the Class 2A state meet.
He led the area in the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 5 inches and had the second-best throw in the discus at 177-5.5.
“My main goal is 200 in the discus and 60 in the shot,” Burns said. “Those are my main goals and, of course, the gold at state this year.”
Woodsboro throwing coach Aaron Houston praised the work Burns has put in during his high school career.
“People see the results,” Houston said. “But they don’t see all the hours he puts in to get better. He’s earned everything he’s gotten.”
Burns is also likely to compete in the hammer throw for the Javelinas but is looking forward to the upcoming season.
“It’s mostly improving the little things in my technique,” he said. “Like blocking and staying in the ring – just little things.”
The Next Level
Victoria East graduate Trent Brown and Weimar graduate Tanner Sembera are playing baseball at Angelina College this season.
But they’ll have the opportunity to play on the Division I level next season.
Brown, a shortstop, signed with Oklahoma, and Sembera, a pitcher, signed with Sam Houston State.
Three Goliad seniors will compete at the college level next season.
Amaya Brown, Kassidy Nicholson and Tuffy Dornburg signed letters of intent Wednesday but will hold a ceremony later.
Brown will participate in track and field at Texas State, Nicholson will play softball at Tarleton State and Dornburg will play baseball at Murray State College in Oklahoma.
Bay City seniors Madison Garay and Celeste Rodriguez will continue their careers on the college level.
Garay will play at Division I Louisiana Lafayette and Rodriguez will play at Missouri Valley College.
In addition, the UHV golf team picked up the signature of Jenna Alvarado from Mansfield Legacy.