Jacksonville High School senior Kelsy Traylor was one happy young lady on Wednesday afternoon.
Traylor, an all-district goal keeper for Fightin' Maiden soccer, who announced her signing with LeTourneau University in Longview, seemed to be genuinely as pleased that she was able to share the moment with four of her classmates, who also inked their national letters to continue their respective playing and academic careers at the collegiate level.
“I can't you how much it means to me to be able to share this special day with these guys,” Traylor said. “We all grew up together, and we are know each other well and I am proud of them.”
Traylor said that once she made her visit to LeTourneau, she knew that things felt right for her.
“After a went on campus and visited, LeToruneau felt like a welcoming place; it felt like home,” she said. “It is a Christian university, and that is important to me.”
Traylor said that she first started playing soccer as a small girl in Jacksonville, where her dad, Kelly Traylor, served as her coach.
“I was the coaches kid, so he told me to play goal keeper and I have been playing it ever since,” she said.
Another reason Kelsy Traylor believes LeTourneau is a good fit for her is the fact that the she can relate to the team's head coach, John Antonisse.
“He (Antonisse) reminds me of my dad in many ways and I think that will better help me to make the transition from high school to college,” Kelsy Traylor said. “Plus, LeTourneau is close to home.”
At the top of her list of people to thank is her club coach Corey Rose, who is also the head women's soccer coach at Tyler Junior College and Fightin' Maiden head coach Colten McCown.