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SAGU inks deal so secure centerfielder


ENNIS, Texas  --  Ennis High School baseball player Weston Quick signed a binding letter of intent with Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Wednesday.

Quick played centerfield for Ennis. He was named the Lions Offensive Player of the Year in his junior season. The 6-foot, right-hander was honored as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year this spring.

He played for Ennis veteran head coach Kevin Kalinec. This year’s team dropped their last three games to finish with a 14-14 ledger. Down the stretch the team batting attack struggled. Still, they tied with Red Oak for fourth place in District 15-4A.

Quick batted third in the lineup and led the team in homeruns this year.

Athletic Director Jack Alvarez kicked off the brief ceremony, which was held in the Ennis Auditorium. “We appreciate the efforts of Weston Quick,” Alvarez said. “We also wish him the best at SAGU.”

Quick is the son of Mike and Tonya Quick. His sister is Whitney (22). He also announced that he was enrolling at SAGU to study business, which is one of the university’s emerging programs.

“We are pretty pumped about having Weston,” said SAGU head coach Sam Blackmon. “He has a plus arm and an overall game on the plus side as well.”

Blackmon first saw Quick at the Complete Showcase at Plano West a year ago. He was among a crowd of over 200 prep players who were displaying their skills to an audience of college coaches.

“What immediately caught my eye was his arm,” Blackmon said. “His 94 mph was the highest velocity at the event.”

“Weston is from a good family. We think he can be a great player and we are fortunate to have him.”

Accompanying Blackmon was senior Nick Sheffield, from Maypearl. He won the Sooner Athletic Conference’s Gold Glove this year for his play at third base.

“Weston has a very good arm,” Sheffield said. “It’s a cannon. I know he played in center in high school, but I’d love to see him throwing from rightfield.”

Sheffield graduated with a degree in education. He is considering a graduate assistant position at SAGU. This summer he will be an assistant coach for the Athletes in Action team that competes in the New York Collegiate league in Rochester.

SAGU competes in the NAIA’s best conference, the Sooner. This year the SAC produced two teams that qualified for the World Series, including No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Baptist University.

Behind Blackmon’s leadership, the Lions made their first-ever appearance in the SAC conference tournament. Improved dramatically on defense, SAGU finished fourth in field percentage and turned 41 double plays. That total ranked second in the league and was 35 more than the 2013 team.

SAGU’s football team won their first co-conference championship last fall. Quick’s cousin, James Satterwhite, has been a backup quarterback for the Purple Pride. He played his prep ball at Red Oak.
 
The men’s basketball team at SAGU enjoyed another outstanding season. They were ranked No. 1 and qualified again for the NAIA national tournament. They advanced to the title game two years ago.

SAGU, with an enrollment of around 2,200, remains the only NAIA school to broadcast their home games in HD video.

Ennis and SAGU share the same mascot, the Lion.
 
Contact: Mark "Link" Warde, Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

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