Sherman High School seniors Jill Dixon and Harrison Key selected the junior-college route to continue their athletic careers with both signing letters of intent Monday at the SHS Auditorium.


Key, a right-handed pitcher, signed with Midland College, while Dixon, a middle infielder signed with Murray State


“There was a point in time where I was very insecure about playing college ball because everybody was getting signed,” Dixon said. “Now, it feels awesome. This opportunity is so great and I have to work really hard to keep that up and just keep doing my job.”


Dixon said Murray State’s proximity in Tishomingo, Okla., factored into her decision. The junior college program went 32-20 last season.


“Most importantly would be how much it felt like home,” she said. “The small community, just enjoying what’s around me, the environment.”


Last year, Dixon was named District 5-5A Utility Player of the Year in helping Sherman to a 19-14 record and a playoff berth. She batted .425 (48 for 113) with 15 doubles, five triples, a home run and 33 RBI and also stole seven bases. Dixon had a fielding percentage of .832 with 99 putouts and five assists in 125 chances. As a pitcher, Dixon went 4-4 with a 4.54 ERA. She had 41 strikeouts and 20 walks in 49 1/3 innings pitched.


Key was an honorable mention all-district selection after helping Sherman to a 21-12 record and a bi-district championship.


“It gives me another opportunity to play baseball again,” he said of inking with the Chaparrals. I’m happy and it’s just so exciting for me.”


Like Dixon, Key said the feeling of being at home was the biggest reason he chose Midland College.


“I loved everything about it,” he said. “The coaches were awesome. My teammates came up to me and all said ‘hey.’ I’m happy to be able to get to play there.”