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Stoner signs letter of intent with Jacksonville College

June 3, 2014
By Jernard Griggs of Waco Lady Panthers

Stoner signs letter of intent with Jacksonville College


One of the most electrifying point guards in Mexia Ladycats basketball history has signed to continue her career at Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas. On Thursday, May 29, senior Bre Stoner signed her letter of intent in a ceremony held at the Mexia High School library, in front of her friends, teammates, coaches and guests. Stoner, who has also been a standout in track and softball, was an integral part of the 201213 team that ended up winning the Class 3A Girls Basketball State Championship. This past season, Stoner was out early due to a knee injury but returned to the floor midway through the Teague Tournament in December of 2013. Stoner is one of those rare, highly talented and skilled players that goes all out no matter what sport she is playing and should be able to make an instant impact this season on the court for second year Coach Leasa Ailshie and the Lady Jags. Jacksonville finished the 2013-14 season with a 17-14 overall record and a 10-8 conference mark. They ended up falling to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Champion Trinity Valley Community College in the Region XIV semifinals back in March. Joining the ceremony Thursday was Stoner’s AAU Coach, Jerenard Griggs, who has coached her in summer basketball for the past four-years. Griggs said he has been talking with Stoner about going to college for a while now and feels this will be a good opportunity for her. “I think it’s a very big step for her,” Griggs said, before the signing on Thursday. “She’s really excited and I think this will be good for her and for the community of Mexia.” Stoner’s high school coach, Randy Barger, began the ceremony talking about some of the marks she’s left on the Mexia girls’ athletic program during the past four years. “It’s a great time when you have senior athletes commit to college,” said Barger. “She’s (Stoner) been a great athlete for Mexia throughout her junior high and high school career. She’s done a great job for us, but the thing I think of Bre the most is when she hurt her knee last summer and how she came back from rehab and hit the floor running, like she’d never been hurt. That says a lot for her toughness and mental toughness to battle back and continue to play the way she always has. She’s represented our school well in all the sports she’s been in and I know she’ll represent us well at Jacksonville College.” Stoner was a little at loss for words, but she did manage to say a few things to the audience before signing. “It’s been a great experience,” she said. “Going through all the stuff I’ve been through … I just want to thank everyone for coming out and showing their support.” Her mother, Shenitia Cleveland, was also present at the ceremony and said she is very proud of her daughter and hopes she’ll be just as successful at the college level as she has been in high school. Stoner signs letter of intent with Jacksonville College Bre Stoner, sitting to the left, signed a letter of intent on Thursday to play basketball for the Jacksonville College Lady Jaguars this fall. Stoner, helped the Mexia Ladycats bring home the Class 3A Girls? Basketball State Championship in 2012-13. Joining Bre is her mother, Shenita Cleveland, seated next to her. In back, left to right, is MHS assistant coach Carlos Daniels, AAU coach, Jerenard Griggs, Ladycats Head Coach Randy Barger and assistant coach Britney Collins.

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