Cayuga senior Don Holly calls himself a realist.
Holly — a star on the Wildcats football team —knows that, even though his football career is extending past high school, the odds of it extending any further are slim.
So, he kept that in mind when making the decision on where to continue his career. In the end, it led him to sign Friday with Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
“It was everything,” Holly said of how much academics factored into his decision. “I just want a better life for me. I’m a realist and I know football is a short-lived life and I know that I need something after.
“Saying I played football will be great, but saying I got a degree will be even better.”
Holly chose Northwestern over an offer from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, as well as interest from both Columbia and Army.
NWOSU — located in Alva, Okla., near the Oklahoma panhandle — went 4-7 in 2012, the program’s first playing at the Division II level. Previously, the Rangers played in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Northwest does enter 2013 with some momentum, after the Rangers lost their first seven games in 2012 before winning their final four.
The team plays in the Great American Conference, along with teams like Southeast Oklahoma State, Arkansas Tech and Ouachita Baptist University. The Rangers are coached by Alan Hall, a long-time junior college and Division II assistant in his second year on the job.
Holly, who led Cayuga in tackles in 2012 en route to district Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as an honorable mention nod on the Associated Press’ Class 1A all-state team, said he thinks he can step in and help the Rangers right away.
“I know I can go into Northwestern and I can play right away and be productive,” he said. “And, I can be the best student-athlete I can be as well.”
Holly is the fifth member of Cayuga’s Class of 2013 to sign to play college athletics, joining Preston Anderson (basketball, University of Hartford), Chris Hardy (football, Southeast Oklahoma State), Chantz Holland (baseball, Vernon College), and Shawnta Knox (volleyball, North Central Texas College).
Cayuga senior Don Holly calls himself a realist.
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H.S. Football: Class 1A District 6 Full District Honors
Most Valuable Player
• Tamarcus Sheppard: Italy
Offensive Most Valuable Player
• Keshawn Jackson: Cayuga
Defensive Most Valuable Player
• Zain Byers: Italy
Newcomer of the Year
• Wayne Arellano: Itasca
Coach of the Year
• Charles Tindol and Staff:Italy
H.S. Basketball: Westwood drops a close game to the No. 10 San Augustine Wolves on Thursday night, 63-54
On Thursday night, the Westwood Panthers’ boys basketball team took on the No. 10 team in Class 1A DI and fought hard.
Although the Panthers lost to San Augustine 63-54, there was much improvement from the game at home against Oakwood Tuesday.
H.S. Basketball: Cayuga Ladycats split Thursday's games in the Frankston Tournament
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In the first matchup, the Ladycats fell for the second time on the season to LaPoynor, 42-32.
H.S. Basketball: The Lady Mustangs of Slocum improve their season record as they beat Frankston on Tuesday night
The Slocum Lady Mustangs squared off against Division 2A Frankston Indians at Slocum HS on Tuesday night and came away with a victory, winning 64-49.
Slocum played their best basketball of the season in the first quarter, taking an 18-5 lead before Frankston could turn up their defense.
H.S. Basketball: The Lady Panthers push past Athens in a 44-39 victory on Tuesday night
The Westwood Lady Panthers improve on the season as they came away with a 44-39 win against Athens on Tuesday night.
H.S. Basketball: Oakwood's Damiyne Durham scores 34 points to lead them to a victory against Westwood
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H.S. Basketball: Cayuga Ladycats move on to 3-1 for the season after beating Buffalo 58-35
Madison Spears led the Ladycats in a 58-35 victory against Buffalo on Tuesday night in Cayuga. Spears’ 33 points led the Ladycats, but she didn’t do it on her own. Ally Jenkins finished the night with nine points also and Cayuga’s defense held strong throughout the night especially in the third quarter.
Three named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Volleyball Team for 2013.
Three Dogwood Circle volleyball players have been named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Volleyball Team for 2013.
19-2A All-District Volleyball team named
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UIL realignment includes addition of another class
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