Seven student-athletes from Bishop Lynch High School made it official Wednesday, inking their letters of intent and solidifying their commitment to compete at the collegiate level.
In a ceremony held inside the Championship Gym, three volleyball players, two rowers, one baseball player and one member of the men's basketball program took the next step.
Russell Barlow made it official, signing with Texas Christian University to play basketball for the Horned Frogs. Barlow made his Bishop Lynch debut last night, scoring 15 points in the Friars' win at Legacy Christian.
Blake Bautz will continue his baseball career at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Bautz has been a "do-it-all" type player for the Friars, spending time on the mound as well as in the infield.
Natalie Bennett is heading to Houston Baptist University to play beach volleyball for the Huskies. Ranked among the top beach players nationally, Bennett seeks her second state title with the Lady Friar indoor program this weekend.
Grace Cook-Burton will row crew at Drake University after competing as a part of Dallas United Crew while in high school. She's earned several top finishes nationally in the past couple of years.
Elizabeth Moreland will also play beach volleyball collegiately, signing with the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Moreland is among the team leaders this season in kills and blocks.
Anson Smith also signed to row crew, heading to New York and Syracuse University. Smith recently led his Dallas United Crew team to an impressive finish at one of the nation's toughest events, the Head of the Charles regatta in Cambridge, MA.
Last but not least, four-year varsity member Madi Tyus signed to play volleyball at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. Tyus is a three-time All-State recipient, two-time state champion and District Offensive Player of the Year. She was also invited to play in the TAVC All-Star Tournament in May, the only private school player to be selected.