If she could, Alexia Evans said she would head to college now.
The Manhattan High senior was one of two signings to play sports at the collegiate level on Friday, joining fellow senior Amy Stockton.
Evans signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Arkansas-Fort Smith, a Division II school, while Stockton signed to play soccer at McPherson.
MHS wrestlers Brian Wood and Percy “Tre” Davis also recently signed. The state finalists signed with Colby Community College on April 12 in a ceremony at the Board of Education conference room.
Wood finished second in state at 170 pounds, while Davis was fourth at 132.
Evans said Fort Smith first became interested in her in August or September of 2011, after she contacted the coaching staff herself.
“I sent them an e-mail,” she said. “I sent the head coach an e-mail and told her I was a right side, she said that’s what she needed and she wanted me to send some video, so I did. And they came and watched some of my games and it all worked out from there.”
By the time December came around, Fort Smith offered Evans a scholarship.
Evans said she has visited the campus a few times and would head there now if she could.
“I’ve been down there twice and met the team and the coaches,” she said. “The girls are so nice, the campus is nice, the coach is nice, they need my position and the girl with my number is even graduating.”
Stockton said McPherson became interested in her in a different way, with MHS girls’ soccer coach Mike Sanchez contacting the coaching staff there. Sanchez played collegiately at McPherson.
Stockton said the school was a good fit for her and also offered her the chance to major in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
“It wasn’t that big of a school, but it was a nice size,” she said. “I like the coach, I like the school — his coaching style is different from what I’m used to, but I like it a lot and I really wanted to go there.”
Both Sanchez and former coach Brett Nelson were in attendance for the signing, and Stockton said it meant a lot to her that both found the time to be there.