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Three from Vilonia sign athletic letters

Posted: January 21, 2014 - 4:46pm

VILONIA — Three Vilonia athletes made college commitments this week. Jon Alexander and Nathan Max signed to play football for Lyon College's revived team.

The two, teammates since grade school, said it a plus for the friends to attend the same college where they will also room together.

The Scots will compete on the NAIA level.

“It is going to be something special to be on the first team after they haven’t had one for 62 years,” Alexander said. “It has been my lifelong dream to play college football.”

He has been preparing for it, he said, since first grade. His dad, Johnny Alexander, said once served as his coach. The last year he played under his dad, he said, was in the sixth grade, when the team won a peewee title.

When he graduates college, Alexander plans to teach history and coach football. His parents are Johnny and Angela Alexander.

Max has played since fourth grade. He was also a part of that sixth grade championship team. Academically,  He plans to attend medical school and work in sports medicine when he graduates college. His parents are Robbie and Melissa Max.

At the signing, Kyle Phelps, Lyon assistant football coach, spoke about three things looks at in recruiting, character, athletic ability and academics.“These two guys fit the mold perfectly,” he said.

Addie Swaim signed with Williams Baptist College on a cross country scholarship.  Swaim can’t remember a time she wasn’t a runner. She said she is inspired by her mother, Angie Swaim, who is a marathon runner. “She’s my role model,” Swaim said.

When she learned that Williams had a cross country program, she said she knew it was the right school for her.  She has participated in the Vilonia program from seventh grade through her senior year. Her parents are Audy and Angie Swaim.

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