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Kasey Tieken signs with Western Texas College
Floresville senior Kasey Tieken (second from right) is joined by her sister, Kelsey; her father, Richard; and her mother, Lisa, as she signs on to attend school and play softball for Western Texas College in Snyder.
FLORESVILLE -- The number of college athletes who graduate from Floresville High School has continued to rise in recent years, and Kasey Tieken recently added her name to the list when she signed on to play softball for Western Texas College in Snyder.
While there were a number of schools in Texas and Arkansas that expressed interest in Tieken, she didn’t give much attention to the other options.
“The coach at Western Texas really wanted me,” she said. “I felt like I had found my new home.”
As it turns out, Western Texas Head Coach Rome McNary had been at Victoria West High School, an old district opponent for Floresville. McNary had seen Tieken compete, and knew exactly what he would be getting. In addition to her comfort level with McNary, Tieken also enjoyed her visit with her future teammates, and described them as “inviting.”
Tieken has been the Jaguars’ catcher for four years, and will continue at that position for the Westerners. She isn’t gone yet, though, and is still doing everything she can to help the Jaguars find success this season. She said she wants to finish her high school career with a bang.
Once in college, Tieken plans to major in either forensic science or kinesiology. Her education is just as important to her as playing softball, and she is already thinking beyond her playing days. When she has to hang up her Western Texas uniform, Tieken said she is likely to transfer to either Sam Houston State or Texas State to continue her education.
The opportunity to play softball at the next level is what Tieken is most excited about. In addition, she is looking forward to being out on her own, meeting new people, and experiencing things for herself.
“You know, the stuff every other college student looks forward to,” she said with a smile.
While obviously excited for her future, there is still a big part of Tieken that knows she will miss home.
“I’m going to miss everything and everyone,” she said. “This is the only place I know. The town, the people, the food, JCs; It’s a small town, but I love it with all my heart.”
Tieken also expressed how much she is going to miss her family, and how hard it is going to be on everyone. Moving six hours away will certainly change things, but they are all staying positive about the opportunity.
“My parents are excited, and understand how hard I’ve worked to get here,” she said. “I’m happy, so they are happy.”
Tieken went on to thank the coaches, players, and staff at Floresville High School, as well as the people of Floresville.
“I just have to say thank you to the community,” she said. “I’m thankful to everyone for being so supportive of Jaguar softball.”
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