Six Copperas Cove athletes signed their scholarships Thursday. Four were soccer players — a record for soccer signees at the school. Anthony Galick, Josh Odum, Adam Fabian, and Dallas Murchison all signed soccer scholarships at a small ceremony at the high school on Thursday.
Galick, a forward, signed with Hendrix College in Arkansas, while defender Odum committed to Hardin-Simmons in Abilene. Fabian and Murchison will remain teammates at the college level with both of them signing with East Texas Community College.
“The campus really had a close to home feeling,” Odum said about the Hardin-Simmons campus. “Everyone seems real nice and family oriented, and that’s important to me. The coaches are great too; it really looks like they expect a lot out of me.”
Murchison added: “I can’t wait to go to college. I’m looking forward to the experience, and I can’t wait to start learning.”
Only one soccer player is heading out of state, and Galick welcomes the challenge.
“Arkansas will be a change,” said Galick, “but I’m real excited for it. The campus is beautiful, and the coach has been coaching for like 35 years, and the team is real competitive in their conference.”
Guard Les Sakaria singed with Quincy University in Illinois to play football.
“I thank God for blessing him with this opportunity,” his mother, Eseta Sakaria, said. “I’m so glad this door has been opened for him.”
But, when she thought about her son going to Illinois, Eseta choked back tears and added: “Whatever is best for him. I’m just so happy he gets this opportunity.”
Also signing was forward and post Cedric Carlisle, committing today to Eastfield Community College.
Carlisle is planning on using this opportunity to improve his game and possibly transferring to another program.
“I have a lot of confidence in myself,” said Carlisle, “but I still have a lot of growth to do. I hope I can make the most of this opportunity and really become a good player.”
Absent from the event was distance runner Fabiola Andujar, who is signing with Rice. Andujar was participating in the “Shattered Dreams” exercise at the time of the ceremony.
Andujar, who was originally a sprinter, switched to distance running for her senior year, and represented Copperas Cove at regionals in both the one- and two-mile run.