Teams add to 2014-15 classes

Emily Clark/The News CROSS?COUNTRY: Murray State’s Cole Cisneros trains for the cross country team. Cisneros and the Racers finished their season with the longest course they ran all year. The women finished 30th in their second 6K of the season. The men finished 33rd in the 10K . The Racers return to action Dec. 7 at the Saluki Fast Start in Carbondale, Ill.

Emily Clark/The News
CROSS?COUNTRY: Murray State’s Cole Cisneros trains for the cross country team. Cisneros and the Racers finished their season with the longest course they ran all year. The women finished 30th in their second 6K of the season. The men finished 33rd in the 10K . The Racers return to action Dec. 7 at the Saluki Fast Start in Carbondale, Ill.

The end of the fall semester has seen a number of new student-athletes sign the dotted line and become Racers.

JayQuan McCloud kicked things off for the men’s basketball team when he signed his national letter of intent earlier this month.

The 6-foot-2-inch guard and North Chicago, Ill., native is playing his final year for North Chicago Community High School. As a junior, McCloud averaged 17.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

The women’s basketball team added two players as well in Alexis Cassell from Atlanta, Ga., and Horn Lake, Miss., native Olivia Cunningham.

Cassell earned all-region honors last season and helped her team make a GHSA Class A Private Final Four appearance.

Cunningham helped her team reach back-to-back MHSAA Class 5A Final Four appearances, with a second-place finish last year. She scored her 1,000th point last year.

The ‘Breds joined in with two signees of their own. Head Coach Rob McDonald announced the additions of Kipp Moore and Quentin Urban Nov. 14.

Moore is a Kentucky native, playing his final season at Shelby County High School. He is the state’s 32nd best player, as ranked by Prep Baseball Report. The infielder has a career .383 batting average, 135 runs scored and 101 stolen bases.

Urban is a transfer from Sinclair Community College in Nebraska. This will be his first season at Sinclair after redshirting his first season at the University of Nebraska and sitting his second season with an injury. In high school, Urban was an All-Nebraska award winner his senior year and finished with a .386 batting average, 101 runs scored and a .575 on-base percentage.

Softball Head Coach Kara Amundson announced four more signings Tuesday. Haven Campbell, Erika Downey, Julia Liceaga and Emily Reed will join the Racers next fall.

Campbell, from Gurley, Ala., ended her junior season on the mound with 196 strikeouts and helped Madison County High School reach the Class 4A Regional championship.

Downey finished her junior season with a .400 batting average, 44 runs scored and 27 RBI for Mercy Academy in Louisville, Ky..

Liceaga, the Illinois native, batted .283 last season, had a .339 on-base percentage and .475 slugging for Joliet West High school.

Reed, also from Illinois, recorded a .432 batting average and is 29-8 as a pitcher with an earned run average less than 1.00.

Men’s golf Head Coach Eddie Hunt also added three to his 2014-15 squad, all from western Kentucky. Lance Davis, Nick Choate and Daniel Taylor will join the Racers next fall after finishing up solid senior seasons.

Davis won four events in his senior campaign before placing seventh in the state tournament.

Choate is coming off a four-win season as well, including two wins at United States Jr. Golf Tournaments. He finished first in the Region 1 tournament and fifth in the state tournament.

Taylor took the top spot in the Golf Week Junior Tour Championship and a third place finish at the Kentucky Junior Amateur Championship.

Velvet Milkman, women’s golf head coach, would not be outdone as she announced the signing of three more Racers Wednesday in Moa Folke, Anna Moore and Summer Simmons.

Folke finished her high school career in Tanas, Sweden, with two gold medalist finishes at the Skandia Tour-Riks-Orebro and the Skandia Tour-Halland and a third place finish in the Skandia Yout-Goteborg and the Ostgota Junior Open.

Moore is from Hopkinsville, Ky., and was named to the 2013 Region 2 Team, had top finishes in three tournaments her senior year and took fourth in the All A State tournament.

Simmons is from Calloway County High School and helped the Lady Lakers to back-to-back KHSAA state runner-up finishes.

 

Staff Report