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Houston athletes sign on to play sports at colleges

In the midst of final exams, several local high school seniors took the time to sign their name on another kind of paper.

Athletes signed to continue playing sports on the college level at Warner Robins, Northside, Perry and Houston County high schools.

Brannon Green, from Warner Robins High School, and Tyler Flood, from Northside High School, signed to play baseball at Middle Georgia State College.

Green earned All-Region and All-County honors as a Demon baseball player. He went to a workout in April, taking batting practice with the Middle Georgia team. Afterward he was told he had earned a spot on the team.

“I really liked that they had moved up from JuCo to NAIA,” Green said. “They are able to go to the NAIA World series now.”

Tyler Flood, a center fielder, ended the season with a .411 average and three home runs and has been a varsity starter since ninth grade.

“It is close to home. I really liked the coaches and the campus when I visited, and I love the tradition of national championships and draft picks,” Flood said.

Demon Donald Watkins will continue his basketball career at Trinity International University in Illinois. Along with basketball, Watkins is a three-sport letterman in track and cross country along with being a member of the FCA at Warner Robins High School. He took AP classes all four years he was at Warner Robins High School, and among the awards he earned was the basketball team’s academic award for the past two years. “It was like a window that just opened up to me,” Donald said.

Tyshon Fentress, who was a receiver for the Northside Eagles for the past four years, will play at LaGrange College next fall. Fentress played for years for the Eagles and was also a member of the Northside baseball team and the Beta Club. He will focus on football at LaGrange, where he will study sports medicine. “I just want to be the go-to receiver and try to help them any way I can and try to work my way up early,” Fentress said.

Brittany Brooks will cheer on the Point University SkyHawks. Like she did at Northside, she will be cheering football, competition and basketball for Point. She served as captain of all three squads at Northside this year and also was captain of the basketball cheerleaders her junior year.

Cornelius Lawhorn, who played basketball at Houston County High School, has signed to continue on at Middle Georgia Prep where he will take classes and play against Division 2 and Division 3 colleges, but his eligibility won’t be impacted.

Lawhorn, who was on the varsity for three years and the JV for one year, was Houston County High’s Defensive Player of the Year for the past two years. Cornelius said that coach Walls had recently told him that he had broken the state record for taking the most charges this past year.

“We will play a mixed schedule, our first two games are against Point University and Clark University,” Cornelius said. “I am going to be ready for the next four years.”

Jake Farrell, a starter on the Perry High School baseball team since his freshman year, will continue his career at the University of West Georgia.

Farrell’s career at Perry has been full of awards, starting with being named to the All-County Team and All-Region team his freshman year, with those awards repeated his junior year along with an appearance on the All Middle Georgia team last year as well. He also was selected to the 2015 Georgia Dugout Club All State team. His career average is .370, and Farrell had 114 hits at Perry High School -- 42 extra base hits, two homeruns and 78 RBIs.

Farrell had several colleges interested in him, but he felt at home at West Georgia.

“Everybody said you would just know and I did,” Jake said. “It is a really good fit.”