Timberwolf athletes going to the next level

Paige Parks

This fall, many Cedar Park graduates will be taking the next step and attending university in hopes of receiving another diploma. However, 17 Timberwolves will be performing somewhat of a juggling act as they take on not only school, but collegiate sports as well.

Cedar Park volleyball, soccer, track, football and softball players have signed to play collegiate sports this fall. These student-athletes have committed to schools ranging from the Junior College level to the NCAA Division II level.

“I will miss Cedar Park,” senior Ryan Johnson, who will be attending Vanderbilt to play baseball next fall, said. “Mostly because of the sense of community.”

Johnson is one of the just ten seniors who will be competing in NCAA Division 1 sports next fall, along with Austin Hisler, Rylie Mayfield, Ethan Fry, Hope Lemon, Kayci Griffin, Shelby Leppin, Dana Clary, Linda Steinhardt and Madison Sanders.

“I am looking forward to playing baseball in college,” Johnson said. “I get to be on my own and have a fresh start.”

The remaining seven seniors have signed to play either NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, or Junior College. This includes Lexi Brown, Haleigh Maycomb, Sophie Sanchez, Keith Tambe, Eric Chappell, Hope Lemon and Abigail Schade.

“I will miss being close to my friends and seeing them every day,” senior Abigail Schade, who will be attending Temple College next fall, said. “I look forward to opening myself up to new opportunities and to see the start to my future.”

Future College athletes:


Ethan Fry- Houston Baptist

Rylie Mayfield- Abilene Christian

Austin Hisler- Abilene Christian

Keith Tambe- Mary-Hardin Baylor



Kayci Griffin- Brigham Young University

Haleigh Maycomb- Fort Lewis

Sophie Sanchez- Mary-Hardin Baylor

Madison Sanders- Sam Houston State

Lexi Brown- Trinity



Eric Chappell- William Jewell College

Ryan Johnson- Vanderbilt



Abigail Schade- Temple College



Shelby Leppin- Texas A&M



Dana Clary- Boise State



Linda Steinhardt- Missouri

 Hope Lemon- St. Leo

Eric Chappell signing to play baseball at William Jewel College. Photo by Jisoo Seo