ARLINGTON — Arlington High School seniors Max Gray and Lyndsay Leatherman signed their letters of intent to participate in academics and athletics at the college level on Feb. 4.
Gray has signed his letter of intent for Chadron State College, located in Chadron, Neb., after he was recruited by them. Gray played football for Arlington mainly as a wide receiver, and intends to play football for Chadron, an NCAA Division II school. During his high school football career, Gray was selected as an All-League receiver and an All-Area athlete.
Gray had a positive experience when he visited Chadron recently. “Everyone was so friendly,” he said. “And their team likes to win.”
During his senior year, Gray stood out as a receiver, but also played in other positions, such as quarterback, runningback and special teams. “It was a good experience,” he said about his senior year.
Gray felt his athletic experience has prepared him to play football at the next level. “The training I received was great,” Gray said. “The coaches made us train very hard.”
Gray is undecided in what to pursue for his studies, but has interest in becoming an English teacher.
“We’re just so proud of him,” Max’s father Bill said.
Leatherman signed her letter of intent to the University of Washington. The multi-faceted athlete plans to participate in track and field for the NCAA Division 1 school, while studying speech and language.
“I really want to go,” Leatherman said. “It’s the only school I applied to.”
For track, Leatherman intends to participate in the throws, including shot put, javelin and discus. Leatherman also played basketball during her time at Arlington, where she was captain of her team.
Arlington girls basketball head coach Joe Marsh said the leadership experience of Leatherman being the basketball team’s captain will be beneficial for her college career. “It’s been good for her to be a part of what we do,” Marsh said. “She’s been a great leader for us.”
Marsh said Leatherman’s athletic successes from basketball will carry over to her collegiate experience in track.