- Dylan Dudley
Nine Vikings sign to play at the next level
Fort Worth, TX - Nine Viking senior student-athletes signed letters of intent Wednesday afternoon to continue their academic and athletic careers upon graduation from NCHS. Five football players, two baseball players and one athlete each from girls basketball as well as softball make up this year’s February signees.
Curlee Thomas, senior defensive end for the Viking football team will be attending the University of California-Berkeley. Thomas led a stout defensive unit, being named first team all-state and first team all-district. A standout in the classroom as well, Thomas will be joining a Bears program looking to rebound from a disappointing 2021 season.
Tre Parks-Vinson will continue his football career at Weber St. University in Utah. Parks-Vinson, a two year member of the football team, playing wide receiver, he made an immediate impact after transferring in prior to his junior year. Parks-Vinson is also a standout track athlete for the Vikings as well.
Jackson Reed, senior defensive back, has signed with Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. WBU, an NAIA university, competes in the always tough, Sooner Athletic Conference. Reed developed into a shutdown cornerback during his senior season. Reed was also named all-district for his performance on the field.
Nikko Morris, will take his talents to HBCU, Grambling St. University. Morris made an impact as the starting strong safety for the Vikings defensive unit. His ability to play coverage allowed the defense to maintain several strong passing attacks in TAPPS Division I.
Bryan Gomez, senior placekicker, will head to NCAA Division II Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. Arkansas Tech is a member of the Great American Conference, which yearly produces teams capable of winning a national championship. Gomez was as reliable as they come when called upon. With a leg capable of reaching fifty plus yards, Gomez will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact for the Wonder Boys.
Trey Rowe, senior baseball player, signed his letter of intent with Weatherford Junior College. Rowe, who also competed on the football field, will look to utilize his time at Weatherford with the hopes of signing to a four year program at the conclusion of his sophomore year. A catcher for the Vikings, Rowe combines a high baseball IQ and sweet left handed swing to make a dangerous all-around competitor for the always strong Viking baseball program, led by coach Joe Weik.
Ben Sanchez will head to Oklahoma Wesleyan University to continue his baseball career. Sanchez, who will see increased at bats and innings this season as a senior, has come on late in his career, with his best baseball ahead of him.
Sam Watson, a four year starter for the Vikings girls basketball team, will head to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Watson, who recently scored her 1000 point in a Viking uniform, will finish her career as a three year all-district player. Watson is also a member of the Viking cross country team as well as a manager for the Lady Vikings soccer team.
Emily Hornick has signed with Division I Abilene Christian University to continue her academic and athletic career. Hornick has made an impact for the Vikings softball program from the minute she stepped on campus. Hornick will be a first team all-district performer at the conclusion of her senior season.
Congratulations to all of our Vikings student-athletes.