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Gibson, Hager sign letters of intent

Mercer County senior Kaylee Gibson, front row, center, signed to play softball with Kentucky State recently. Pictured with Gibson, front row, l to r: Angie Gibson (mom), Kaylee, Kevin Gibson (dad). Back row, Mercer assistant Cliff Prewitt.

Mercer County senior Will Hager, front row, center, recently signed to play basketball at Colorado School of Mines. Pictured with Hager, front row, left to right, Shannon Hager (mom), Will, Thomas Hager (dad). Back row, l to r: Mercer basketball coach Josh Cook and Hoop Dream’s owner Mike Scott.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

Mercer County seniors Kaylee Gibson and Will Hager recently signed their letters of intent to play college softball and basketball, respectively.

Gibson to KSU

Gibson, who plays first base for the Lady Titans softball team, signed to continue her softball career at Kentucky State University.

“I went there and I really liked the coaches and the campus. After my visit I knew it was where I was supposed to go,” said Gibson.

Mercer County softball coach Robbie Tharp said the hard work that Gibson has put in has finally paid off.

“We are very proud of Kaylee. As a coach, you hope that all of your players can do this,” said Tharp. “This is a big commitment for her. You are happy to see your players get this opportunity and to want to continue to play. Kaylee has worked her butt off, she deserves this.”

Gibson said she was relieved to have her decision made and has one goal as she prepares for her senior softball season.

“I want to make it to state,” said Gibson.

Hager Becomes an Oredigger

Hager, who averaged 17.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7 assists last season, signed to play basketball at Colorado School of Mines, one of the top engineering schools in the country.

“Will is deserving of this. He has spent as much time as any player I’ve ever had developing his game,” said Mercer County Head Coach Josh Cook. “He understands you’ve got to put in the time to be successful both on the court and in the classroom. He has an extremely bright future.”

Hager, who was also being recruited by Centre College, Alabama-Huntsville and Air Force, said he is relieved to have his decision made, but he has other things to take care of before he goes off to college.

“I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders,” said Hager. “I am excited to go out to Colorado, but right now I am focused on my senior season and winning a state title.”

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