Jack Welch sees a common thread.

On Wednesday morning, a number of Copperas Cove athletes participated in a joint signing ceremony with seven Bulldawgs from six sports committing.

Regardless of where they are going or what they will be doing once they arrive, Copperas Cove’s longtime athletic director knows each shares a similar trait.

“Success only comes before work in the dictionary,” Welch said. “You have to work to have success, and these young people have worked their tails off.”

Their dedication paid off as each extended their playing careers in front of a room full of family, friends and coaches.

Basketball players Montre’ Williams and Elijah Sobers committed to Eastfield College and Texas Lutheran, respectively, while Bulldawgs golfer Drew Dewald signed to play at McLennan Community College. Additionally, tennis player Jamie Chacon will play for Midland University in New England, and Bulldawgs soccer player Antonio Loffredi will suit up for Westminster College in Pennsylvania.

Copperas Cove pitcher Bryce Delano and discus thrower Gabe Perez rounded out the Bulldawgs’ signees, committing to Cisco and Texas-Tyler, respectively.

“It feels good,” Perez said, “because I know I’m going to the next level, and I’ll get to throw in college.”

Although Perez is excited to begin the next chapter in his life, Bulldawgs head basketball coach Billy White Jr. hates to see Sobers and Williams leave.

“These are two kids that I’m really going to miss,” he said. “They have really meant a lot to the program and the success we’ve had during the past few years.”

First year head baseball coach Dusty Brittain can identify with the feeling.

“Since I got here, I heard about this guy moving into Copperas Cove,” he said regarding Delano, who transferred from Shoemaker prior to his senior season. “They all told me how good he was, and that was no lie. He’s been a staple for us on the mound, had four district wins and went down to Cisco and proved he is legit and can play at the college level.”

Although Dewald is anxious to begin his collegiate career, he admitted leaving Copperas Cove will be difficult.

“I’m going to miss playing golf here,” he said. “I liked all my coaches here, and I had three cousins on the team here and some real good friends, so I’m going to miss it, but at the same time, I’m moving on to the next phase of my life.”

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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