By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Two more Carthage High School seniors signed athletic letters of intent on Tuesday.
Volleyball standout Tessa Lucas signed with Ozark Christian College of Joplin.
Tiger basketball stalwart Nathan Reid signed with College of the Ozarks of Point Lookout (Mo.).
Lucas and Reid are joining strong programs in their respective divisions — OCC in NCCAA Division II and C of O in NAIA Division II.
C of O head coach Steve Shepherd and assistant Todd Wright, former men’s basketball coach at Messenger College of Joplin, came to Carthage for the signing ceremony inside the gym. OCC head coach Tony Allmoslecher also made the event.
Academic all-stater Tessa Lucas, who plans to major in psychology, is the daughter of Peggy and John Lucas.
Nathan Reid, a two-time honorable mention selection in the Central Ozark Conference Large Division, is the son of LaDona Reid and Doug Lujan. He’s undecided about a major.
Lucas is the fourth member of the volleyball team to sign, Tiger coach Cheryl Sharples said.
Taylor Kaempfe previously signed with OCC. Emily Goeken and Chloe Shepherd opted for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and College of the Ozarks, respectively.
Sharples figures the Tigers have a 1.000 average with fifth senior Bailey Becker headed for studies at Missouri State.
Plus, Jennie Snyder, another senior and former spiker, has signed with OCC.
Said the Ambassadors’ Allmoslecher: “Tessa will step in and play a very important part from the beginning as a defensive specialist or libero.”
Said Sharples: “Tessa is a solid passer and a good left back defensive player. She was our libero for two years.”
Said Lucas: “I’m excited about the opportunity to play for coach Allmoslecher. I really liked the Christian atmosphere. Also, Taylor (Kaempfe) and I probably have played together since the sixth grade.”
Reid, a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder, averaged 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior. He shot 60 percent from the field and 74 percent from the foul line.
Said Carthage coach Steve Ray: “College of the Ozarks is getting a good player. He will improve. He developed for us markedly the last two years. He’ll build on that at C of O. It’s a good fit.”
Said Shepherd: “Nathan is multiple-talented. He’s athletic and has the work ethic. He can shoot the 3 (50 percent as a senior). He can post up. He can drive to the basket. He’ll come in and be a humble, hard-working kid. I like his conduct on the court. I like his character.”
Reid said he made a few trips to Point Lookout and saw one game.
“I loved the campus in general and the nice treatment from everyone,” Reid said. “I’m a mama’s boy. It’s close enough to home.”