Area prep athletes sign for sports other than football

By Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Scott Wright, Staff Writers Published: February 2, 2012
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Bethany's Caitlyn Biggers heads to OSU

— Caitlyn Biggers committed to the Oklahoma State soccer team as a sophomore, giving the lifelong OU fan plenty of time to get accustomed to orange.

“I'm slowly adjusting,” Biggers admitted, adding that she did attend this year's Bedlam football game and was happy when the Cowboys won.

She took a few months to commit to OSU after the offer came, but said she knew Oklahoma State was the place for her when she took a visit to Stillwater.

“The coaching staff was great,” Biggers said. “The campus was perfect for me, and it's a strong program.”

Biggers, who said she had interest from other schools like Virginia Tech and St. Mary's (Calif)., is now focused on her club team and on her senior season at Bethany.

“I think we'll go far,” Biggers said of Bethany. “We have a really good team.”

Edmond Memorial's Duke signs with Baylor

— As a freshman, Edmond Memorial track standout Isaiah Duke became intrigued with the idea of one day running at Baylor University.

A 400-meter specialist, Duke liked the idea of following in the footsteps of successful 400 runners like Michael Johnson and Jeremy Wariner.

On Wednesday, that idea became reality when Duke signed a letter of intent with the Baylor track team.

“Baylor just felt like the perfect fit for me,” he said. “It feels great to say I'll be going to Baylor next year. It's gonna be a good experience for me. Jeremy is still around there working out a lot, and Michael Johnson is down there sometimes, too.”

Edmond Memorial coach Chris Lowrey, who also had another sprinter, John Teeters, sign with Tulsa on Wednesday, hopes that outsiders realize the magnitude of Duke's opportunity.

“Signing with Baylor for track is the equivalent of signing with Alabama for football,” the coach said. “He's going to a great program, and the sky is the limit for him. He'll be able to take himself to the next level.”

Mount St. Mary's McCalmon heading to Dartmouth

Morgan McCalmon has always dreamed of going to an Ivy League school.

On Friday, she'll fulfill that dream when she signs to play softball at Dartmouth.

“My mom always taught me since I was little to just go out and get it,” McCalmon said. “Don't let anything stop you.”

McCalmon won 56 games during her high school career, including 13 no-hitters.

She helped lead Mount St. Mary to the 2010 fast-pitch Class 3A state championship during her junior year.

McCalmon picked Dartmouth over scholarship offers from Memphis, McNeese State (La.) and Siena College (N.Y.).