Sign ‘em up
5 Wildcats ink to area colleges for football, baseball
Five Cassville athletes made their collegiate intentions known on National Signing Day on Feb. 3, inking their names to play sports at four area institutions.
Four football players signed to play at the next level, including Zach Coenen, to Pitt State University, Jaiden Reibert, to Evangel University, and Drake Reese and Hayden Sink, both to Missouri Southern State University. Rounding out the signings was Zac Acheson, who will play baseball at North Arkansas Community College.
Acheson, 2019 All-Conference and 2018 All-District honoree who missed his junior season in 2020 due to COVID-19, is gearing up for his senior season this spring. Next year, he will pitch for Northwest Arkansas.
“I love their coaches and the school,” he said. “It’s like a home away from home for me. I’m excited to play year-round with them and excited to play at the next level.”
Ron Hudson, Cassville baseball coach, said Acheson is deserving of the next-level consideration.
“There are not a whole lot of kids that work harder than Zac,” he said. “He’s a quality young man and great teammate, and the kids look up to him. If you had a whole team of Zac Ashesons, you’d have a good ball club and some great kids.”
Coenen, a running back and linebacker for the Wildcats who was First Team All-State this season, was a big part of the 2019 state runner-up and the 2020 state semifinalist teams. At 6-1, 255 pounds, he was recruited to the linebacker position for the Gorillas.
“Pitt State is a great place with a winning culture, and they have a great staff,” he said. “I’m excited to get on campus and get to work and have the opportunity to play.”
Reibert, at 6-4, 290 pounds, was a First Team All-State lineman for Cassville and will join the Evangel offensive line in the fall.
“I like their campus and got along well with all the coaches,” he said. “I’m excited to play at the next level and get to work.”
Reese, a 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver and kicker for Cassville, will shine his boots at Southern as a kicker for the Lions. He was also a First Team All-State player at the kicking position. One of Reese’s biggest moments as a ‘Cat came in his sophomore year, when he booted a 36-yard field goal to defeat Lamar at home, stopping the Tigers’ 57-game win streak, at the time the longest active streak of any high school team in the country.
“I really enjoyed meeting Southern’s coaching staff and bonded with them pretty well,” he said. “I’m ready to get to work and do what I can do for them.”
Sink, who transferred back to Cassville this year after spending two years in northwest Arkansas, earned an All-District nod at quarterback and, at 6-4, 230 pounds, will transition to linebacker for the Lions.
“They gave me my best opportunity to keep playing football,” he said. “I’m excited to play again and have another chance to play outside of high school and at the next level.”
Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, said all 16 of his seniors did great things for the Wildcats program, but he’s especially excited to see the four signees moving on.
“All four of these guys have been very special pieces of the program over the last four years,” Parnell said. “As a coach, it’s always exciting to see your players get the opportunity to further their education at the next level, and have the opportunity to use football to do it. I’m very excited for all four of them.”