The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 2, 2013

Joplin's Whisner signs with Wentworth

Rex Whisner, a spring graduate of Joplin High School, did more than visit Wentworth Military Academy and College at Lexington (Mo.) last Friday.

Whisner, a left-handed outfielder-pitcher, signed a scholarship agreement with Joe Aull’s Red Dragons.

Whisner admitted he’d had sort of a head start in his relationship with Aull.

“I met coach Aull when he came to Joplin recently for the signing of Caleb Garton (a right-handed pitcher from Joplin),” Whisner said.

“We toured the campus, met several people connected with the school and had lunch,” Whisner said. “The structure of the school appealed to me. It isn’t a party school.”

Whisner currently is playing the outfield and pitching for the Joplin Miners. They’re playing in the Missouri American Legion Triple A four-team finals this week at Sedalia.

Said Miners coach Drew Schulte: “Rex, who’s very athletic, has a strong arm and is a decent outfielder. He could develop into a solid college player.”

Kirk Harryman, Whisner’s prep coach, recalled that as a sophomore Whisner was runner-up in innings pitched for the Eagles.

“He had arm soreness for us the last two seasons,” Harryman said. “But Rex could be a very good defensive outfielder. Junior college will allow him the opportunity to improve his skills in the outfield and as a pitcher.”

Said Whisner: “Coach Aull said I’ll have those chances in the outfield and as a pitcher. I realize I have to earn it (playing time).”

Harryman said the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder earned three varsity letters for the Eagles.

Rex, unsure of a major, is the son of Lisa Baker and Rob Whisner.

Rob Whisner, a 1987 Sarcoxie High School graduate, was a multi-sport standout for the Bears.

Whisner is the fourth player from the 2013 seniors to sign for college. He joins Garton, Blake Brown (Bacone) and Brett Graham (Missouri Southern).

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