By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Carthage High School seniors Jordan Dangerfield and Taylar Golay signed national letters of intent on Wednesday.
Dangerfield, a two-year starter for the football Tigers, signed with Missouri Valley College of Marshall.
Golay, a four-year starter in softball, signed with Southwest Baptist University of Bolivar, Mo.
Dangerfield, a 5-foot-9, 170-pounder, played wide receiver-cornerback for Jon Guidie’s Tigers and helped them finish 15-7 overall and twice reach the playoffs the past two seasons.
Said Guidie: ”I see Jordan on the defensive side at Missouri Valley. But he’s certainly is capable of playing offense.”
Guidie said that Dangerfield was the Tigers’ special teams player of the year as a senior. He also was an all-district, all-conference (Central Ozark Conference Large Division) performer as a senior.
Missouri Valley, which won the Heart of America Athletic Conference title at 10-0, finished 12-1 overall in 2012 under Paul Troth. The Vikings beat Ottawa (Kan.) 56-21 and Bethel (Tenn.) 10-7 before losing 20-17 to Marian (Ind.) in the semifinals of the NAIA playoffs.
Valley is No. 3 in the NAIA Football Coaches Spring Top 25 Poll released on Monday.
Jordan, the son of Rachel and Dion Dangerfield, said the family visited the Missouri Valley campus last weekend.
“I liked everything,” Dangerfield said. “I liked the coaches, the campus and the likelihood of small classes and a lot of 1-on-1 with teachers. I liked the size of Marshall (some 13,000). It isn’t too big.”
Jordan, who plans to become a trainer, said the Missouri Valley coaches first saw him on video before contacting Guidie.
The right-handed batting Golay, who started four years at first base for the Tigers and was all-district as a senior, believes she can compete for the nod at first for the Bearcats in 2014.
Tiger coach Mike Godfrey estimated Golay’s average as a senior was .330 after a more robust mark as a junior.
“Taylar, who loves the game, is a dangerous hitter,” Godfrey said. “She can hit with power. She can handle the bat.
“I’m confident she will continue her development to become a very good offensive player (in college) with daily work in a year-long program,” Godfrey said.
Taylar, the daughter of Krystel and Brad Golay, plans to major in early childhood education.
Southwest Baptist is NCAA Division II and a member of the MIAA. Jamie Halbrook is the SBU head coach.
Taylar’s dad ironically was a first baseman for Carthage and Fort Scott Community College before finishing at Southwest Baptist.