POTTSBORO — Two dreams were made a reality on Friday in Pottsboro as two athletes signed to continue their athletic careers at the next level.
Madeline O’Hanlon signed to continue her track career at Texas A&M where she will throw the shot put and discus. Her signing with the Aggies continues a family tradition in College Station.
“My dad and his whole side of the family went there so I was born an Aggie,” O’Hanlon said, It’s always been my dream school. I never thought that I would end up going there one day but it’s a dream come true to be signing here.”
That support is comforting for O’Hanlon who is ready to follow the same path to Texas A&M that many in her family have already taken.
“I’m a big family person and to have everyone here with me is great,” O’Hanlon said. “I love them so much and it couldn’t make me any happier.”
The Lady Cardinal standout excelled in the field and on the hardwood. She took home the silver medal in the Class 3A state track meet last season in the discus and was the leading scorer for the basketball team this past season.
She credits that versatility for helping her compete at the highest level.
“Playing two sports keeps you in shape which is what every athlete needs no matter what you’re doing,” O’Hanlon said. “It gives you that mentality to get after it every game or meet and to never quit.”
O’Hanlon was well on her way to another stellar season in both sports before tearing her ACL during the basketball season.
The Cardinals finished 33-5 this past season and made a run to the regional finals. Even though she wasn’t able to contribute as much she could, she credits her coaches for helping her reach this point.
“The coaches were great by encouraging me and helping me get to where I want to be,” O’Hanlon said of her time in both basketball and track, “Making that historic run in basketball was awesome even though I got hurt doing that and CoachJohnson was a big part of me making it that far.”
Now, she’ll be taking her talents to College Station by joining one of the top track and field programs in the country at her dream school.
“I’m looking forward to winning another national championship,” O’Hanlon said on her goals, “They’ve won four of their last nine and I’m ready to help bring another one.”
Meanwhile, Sam Bevers will be staying closer to home, choosing to play down the road at Austin College. Like O’Hanlon, family played an important part in his decision making.
“It was really important,” Bevers said. “Family is everything for me. I wouldn’t be able to do this if it wasn’t for them.”
The senior middle linebacker finished with 110 total tackles this past season for the Cardinals. He credits head coach Matt Poe for getting him prepared to succeed.
“Coach Poe makes us work hard and give 100 percent on every play,” Bevers said, “That really struck home with me and I think that’ll help me when I get to college.”