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Four LHS Athletes Sign

Brock Kappelmann - November 13, 2019 4:41 pm

Four Liberal High School student athletes enjoyed a signing ceremony with family and friends in the Big House Wednesday afternoon.  Katie Horyna and Machia Mullens signed to play basketball and James Armstrong and Braxton Hyde signed to play baseball.  Their signings were not a surprise as they had made their verbal committments ahead of time.

Horyna signs at division one Abilene Christian.  Horyna averaged 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists for 22-1 Liberal last season.  That’s after averaging 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists as a sophomore and 4 ppg and 3 apg as a freshman.  Horyna improved her outside shooting this season making 41 percent of her 3’s.  She made 51 percent of her field goals.  Horyna has been the Western Athletic Conference player of the year the past two seasons.

Machia Mullens signs at division 1 Kansas City.  She will join former LHS teammate Jada Mickens with the Roos.  The first team all WAC player averaged about 15 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior.  She made 49 percent of her shots from the field and made 9-27 three pointers.  She averaged 12 points and eight rebounds a game as a sophomore and seven points and six rebounds a game as a freshman.

Braxton Hyde signs to be a pitcher at Butler Community College in El Dorado.  He will join former Redskin Pancho Terrazas.  Hyde went 5-4 with a 1.86 ERA for the Redskins this spring.  Hyde struck out 59 and walked 13.  As a sophomore, Hyde was 8-1 with a save and a .62 ERA. He had 49 strikeouts and 14 walks.  Hyde was 1st team all WAC and  helped lead the Redskins to a 16-6 season.  As a freshman, Hyde went 2-0 with a save.  He had 20 strikeouts.  Hyde was second team all WAC as a freshman.

James Armstrong signed to pitch at NJCAA division 2 Northern Oklahoma-Enid.  As a junior last spring, Armstrong went 4-2 with a 5.38 ERA and 30 strikeouts.  Armstrong pitched 3 and 2/3 innings as a sophomore.

Interviews with the four Redskins airs on the Sportsguys Thursday morning between 7:35 and 9 on 1270 and


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