Hall to play college basketball

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Hall signs with C of O Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Purdy's Cody Hall, pictured in the front row, at center, signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout next fall. Hall is undecided on a major and will compete for a corner outfield position for the Bobcats. Also present for the signing were: Deana and Mike Hall, Cody's parents, who are pictured on either side of Cody. Pictured in the second row, from left, are: Purdy Assistant Athletic Director Jennifer Schallert-Cornelius; Purdy baseball coach Joshua Hughes; College of the Ozarks baseball coach Jason Reinsch; and Purdy Athletic Director Grant Young.

Purdy's Cody Hall signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout on Tuesday.

"It's a dream come true," said Hall. "I really enjoyed visiting the campus. The players and the coaching staff were awesome. I think it will be a good fit for me."

Hall's versatility is what caught the attention of the coaching staff at a school that prides itself on being known as Hard Work U.

"We are excited to have an athlete like Cody joining our program," said Bobcats coach Jason Reinsch. "We are a Christian university that has high expectations for our athletes. We expect our athletes to not just work hard on the field, but excel in the classroom and in the community."

Hall has started for the Eagles since his freshmen year and has played numerous positions throughout his career. Reinsch sees Hall competing for a spot in the outfield.

"We have had several chances to watch Cody play over the last year, and we believe that he will make a fine addition to Bobcat baseball," said Reinsch. "One thing that translates from the high school game to college is athleticism. Cody is a great athlete, and he will come in a challenge right away for some playing time at one of our corner outfield spots."

Hall has collected several honors while at Purdy. He was named to the All-Ozarks 7 Conference first team in his sophomore and junior seasons and was an All-District second team selection last year. Hall is looking forward to a stellar senior campaign this spring.

"Cody has been a great leader for our club since he was a freshman," said Purdy coach Joshua Hughes. "He has consistently put up solid numbers in the middle of our line up and provide the clutch hit. I am very happy for him."

Hall hit .383 for the Eagles last season with an on-base-percentage of .480. He had 31 hits with five doubles, three triples, six home runs and 27 RBI in 27 games.

The Eagles' baseball program has flourished with Hall on the team, winning the Ozarks 7 Conference title the last two years and district titles two of the last three seasons.

Hall the son of Mike and Deana of Purdy, is currently ranked in the top 15 in his class and has a 3.2 GPA and is undecided on a major for college.

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