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May 24, 2014

Three Brownsboro seniors wrap up year with athletic ceremony

BROWNSBORO — Three Brownsboro high school students declared their college choices on Friday morning during a signing ceremony.

Seniors Lynsee Jistal is headed to Tyler Junior College and Elissa Floyd is headed to Howard College to become athletic trainers. Shelbie Bagby signed to play softball at Robert Morris University in Springfield, Illinois.

Brownsboro athletic director Jason Hooker led off the ceremony by expressing his appreciation to the students.

He said it was another great year for the athletic program.

During the announcement for Bagby, assistant coach Becky Daughtry spoke for Meredith Grant.

Grant was unable to attend the ceremony due to the birth of her baby.

“Shelbie has been a part of our athletic department for the last four years,” Grant said. “She is a four year letterman on our softball team and will play anywhere and everywhere that we wanted her to play.”

Shelbie said her journey to Springfield came courtesy of a recruiting website from the National Collegiate Scouting Association.

“I had a recruiting profile on the NCSA website and I had it up for maybe a year,” Bagby said. “I had 192 coaches look at my profile and Robert Morris had the best interest in me.”

The Eagles finished the year with a record of 12-31 as a member of the ChicagoLand Collegiate Athletic Conference. They finished conference play with a ninth place finish and a record of 6-14.

“The college is really smaller than Brownsboro,” Babgy said. “I mean they are kind of like a school that would be playing on a traveling team around here. I should not have to worry about things outside of the team.”

She said the coaching staff could use her as a utility player.

“They kept in contact with me and really wanted me to come in and be a player for them,” Bagby said. “They are recruiting from first, third and catcher. I am going to have to fight for a spot but that is what I have done all of my life.”

Girls coordinator Fred Griffin said Bagby’s work ethic was huge.

“Shelbie was a huge part of our program,” Griffin said. “I am proud of Shelbie and she has worked really hard and you got after it in every sport.”

For Jistal and Floyd, the next two seasons will split the two head athletic trainers in different directions.

Head athletic trainer Travis Gray said he will miss these two since they will be tough to replace.

“These two were my head athletic trainers and that was the first year that we have done that,” Gray said. “They worked very hard and I think they will do great in college.”

Jistal said she was connected to the Tyler Junior College training program because of Gray.

“Coach Gray was the assistant there and I have been told that he is a lot like the head athletic trainer there,” Jistal said. “I really like coach Gray so I just figured that he would be a good person to go under.”

She said she plans to make this her career once she graduates from college.

She said she has learned a lot from coach Gray.

She does not think the transition from high school training to college training will be difficult.

“I don’t think it will be that tough,” Jistal said. “Coach Gray has told us that he runs the program like a college level program and he is pretty hard on us.”

For Floyd, she will be heading to Big Spring, Texas for her college and said this was the main school that she wanted to attend.

She said when it comes to college athletic training, the sport they follow is determined by the head trainer.

“This was the only college that I wanted to attend,” Floyd said. “As a freshman, I think I might get picked for what sports they want me in and then as a sophomore I can pick it.”

She said coach Gray once again played a factor in where she was going to attend college.

“Coach Gray went there and it is a small school that is far away from home,” Floyd said. “That is what I wanted to do was to venture far away from home and to be able to do things on my own.”

She knows going to a quality program will help her reach her goals of become an athletic trainer after college.

“The athletic training program is really good,” Floyd said. “The head athletic trainer is a good friend of coach Gray’s and he told me that he would look after me no matter what.”

Floyd said she will use the next two years to help perfect her craft to prepare for a bigger setting at a later time.

“I hope I can get better with everything,” Floyd said. “We have the foundation now and coach Gray has helped us with it all. We need to master everything and I need to find a way to maintain the confidence throughout college.”

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