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February 21, 2014

Abercrombie, Buckley latest Bullard student-athletes to sign with colleges


  Bullard High School continued its long-lasting and on-going effort to send student-athletes to the next level on Thursday when Lexi Abercrombie (girls basketball) and D. J. Buckley (athletic training) applied their respective autographs on the line of a National Letter of Intent.

The double signing took place at the Audrey B. Owens Auditorium on the Bullard High campus.

Miss Abercrombie will be off to Austin College (NCAA, Division II) in Sherman upon graduation, while Buckley will be attending Blinn College in Brenham.

Abercrombie as a freshman tried to do it all. She played volleyball, basketball, track, band, twirling, theater, cross country along with taking honors classes and making the honor roll all kept Abercrombie busy.

Not to mention a superlative in all of the above.

Abercrombie was also heavily recruited by Howard Payne University and Centenary College.

I plan to be a lawyer and Austin College has a great pre-law program and they have some high academic standards to account for,” Abercrombie said. “But I loved the campus, and the small school environment.”

The list of honors from theater, to her band prowess, her classroom accolades and athletic endeavors is far too long to mention them all.

As a freshman, Lexi was Regional Qualifier Cross Country Region 3; Regional Qualifier Track Region 3 in the 4x200 relay.

It was during track season of her Freshman year that Lexi suffered a stress fracture in her lower back, prior to the district meet, which slowed her down a little as a sophomore. She served the volleyball team as manager and worked on a come back during basketball, playing Junior Varsity. That spring she was on her way back to full strength and was a Regional Qualifier Track Region 3, in the 3200-meter run.

It was her junior year things really began to fall into place as Honorable Mention All-District 16AAA Volleyball and Academic All-District and a Second Team All-District Basketball award. In track she was Area Qualifier 16AAA Track and Field in the High Jump, and was winner of the Lady Panther Fighting Heart Award at the BHS Sports Banquet. She also won Most Improved Player for Lady Panther Basketball at the sports gala last year.

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