Two members of the Palestine football team appear primed to play at the next level.
Both Jadarrius Beasley and Ivory Brown received scholarship offers from Arizona Western Community College Wednesday, paving the way for the duo to continue their careers.
PHS coach and athletic director Lance Angel credited the players for their hard work, while also praising the efforts of defensive coordinator Ty Robinson.
“He has spent a lot of time promoting our kids and sending videos to different colleges,” Angel said in an email. “He drove both kids to Dallas yesterday to meet with the Arizona Western coaches.
Beasley starred on both sides of the ball for the Wildcats during the team’s 7-4 2012. He was the team’s leading rusher with 877 yards on the ground, and averaged an incredible 9.9 yards per carry along with scoring a team-high eight touchdowns.
He also was a defensive starter, tallying 60 tackles from his safety position, along with six tackles for loss.
Brown was a shutdown corner for Palestine, intercepting five passes, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He also forced four fumbles and broke-up nine passes while amassing 44 tackles.
Arizona Western — which is located in Yuma, Ariz. — isn’t unfamiliar territory for former Wildcats. Palestine-alum Sam Wren, who graduated from PHS in 2010, played there for the past two seasons.
Wren is now set to sign with Oklahoma State University this month and continue his career in the Big 12.
H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL
CAYUGA 77, Central 61
Tuesday, Central-Pollok gave the second-ranked Cayuga boys’ basketball team a bit of a scare in a 79-70 Cayuga victory.
Thursday at the Central Heights tournament, not so much.
Preston Anderson had 18 points and Chandler Rigdon followed-up his 24-point performance from Tuesday with 17 Thursday as the Wildcats rolled past Central, 77-61, in their first round matchup.
The win moves Cayuga into the second round of the tournament on the championship side, where they will face San Augustine at 10:30 a.m. today. San Augustine, ranked 10th in the state in Class 1A, Division I, opened the tournament with a 99-67 win over Alto Thursday.