Sanders, Baker sign to play at colleges

CLINTON — In what seems to be a flurry of activity, two more student athletes from Clinton High School (CHS) have signed their Letters-of-Intent to attend college, taking their academic and athletic careers to the next level.  

First was Olivia Sanders, the daughter of Brett and Sherrie Harris and Shannon Sanders.  Olivia will attend Lincoln College, in Lincoln, Ill., with a beginning curriculum in general studies and she will be pitching for the Lincoln Lynx.  

Olivia was planning to attend Lincoln College for two years and transfer to another college or university to further her studies, but just prior to her signing, Lincoln College received its accredation in both academics and athletics.  Another big decision for Olivia, although she is not sure she wants to pitch more than two more years.  

Olivia is excited to be moving on to college, even though she will miss friends, but says she is tired of high school after four years.  She is looking forward to the better competition athletically and the more in depth studies at the next level to challenge her physically and mentally.  She is also looking forward to the college experience and yet being able to live at home before possibly making the bigger step to a larger school.  

Her favorite memory of her CHS career was pitching a perfect game against rival Mt. Pulaski this past year.  She wasn’t aware of the feat until late in the game, which helped in keeping her nerves in check., she said.

Next on the signing list was Austin Baker, the son of Stacey Sharrow and Sean Baker.  

Austin has signed his Letter-of-Intent to attend and play basketball for Millikin University in Decatur, Ill.  He is planning on majoring in business at the Tabor Business College within Millikin.  Austin is very excited about attending Millikin and furthering has basketball career.  

He is looking forward to the challenge and knows that the coursework will also be a challenge.  However, his coaches and others at CHS have high praise for his work ethic and his ability to apply himself to any task he encounters.  He was called a ‘Gym Rat’ by some for his passion to work on and improve his skills on the basketball floor any time he got a chance.  

Austin felt comfortable at Millikin and with the coaches on his visits, plus he has some friends on the basketball team.  It is also close to home, his family and friends.  Austin’s best CHS memory is earning the single game assist record along with the earning 2nd in career and single season assists and steals. 


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