BELTON – Emotions ran high Friday as four Belton High School seniors signed their names on the dotted line. November starts the early signing period for high school seniors in most sports. These four athletes marked off another goal towards greatness as they signed their national letters of intent.
For Jared Janczek, a pitcher and outfielder for the Tigers, the dream started at the age of four.
A bunch of kids my age were playing T-ball,” said Janczek. “At that age you just want to figure out a sport, but want to play everything. I just fell in love with baseball and stuck with it.”
He was thrilled when Texas Christian University approached him about playing for their school. “It was exhilarating and unreal. Definitely a dream come true,” said Janczek.
This excitement comes on the heels of his recent district win. Belton Tigers won the district championship in baseball with an 8-7 win over Midway at Tiger Field.
Janczek plans on studying business at TCU and says, “ I would love to play past college, but will see where life takes me.”
His dad is his mentor, and he looks up to guys that “play hard and play it right.” Those baseball players include Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. He takes away several good memories of baseball from Belton High School.
“Some of them were from my freshman year when I started on varsity,” said Janczek. “Then this past year, beating Midway for the championship.”
Winning district over Midway was also a memorable moment for Chase Cryer, an infielder for the Tigers.
“That was a pretty awesome moment when we got to dog pile,” said Cryer. “It is something I will never forget.”
Cryer says he grew up around baseball and watched it with his dad. “I have always had an interest in it and it is something I have always loved,” said Cryer.
He plans to play the diamond at the University of Houston and study business management.
“Baseball is the goal after college,” said Cryer. “But, you never know what the world is going to throw at you, so you have to get that education first.”
Cryer, who plays for the Houston Banditos, says he has had many coaches over the years and considers all of them his mentors. This includes BJ Ward, Robert Deleon and Eddie Cornblum.
He admires pro baseball player, Dustin Pedroia. “He is not the biggest guy, but he will put a hurting on you,” said Cryer. “He’s a good guy to look up to.” Cryer said signing the letter of intent was, “surreal and something I have dreamed about my whole life.”
Andrew Paysse said he talked to several schools before choosing Texas A&M.
“I took my first visit to Texas A&M as a freshman in high school,” said Paysse. “We just kind of visited and talked back then. They didn’t really offer this to me until late senior year after I won state.”
Paysse recently won the Texas Class 5A State Boys Golf Championship. His shot total was 138 at the Morris Williams Golf Course in Austin.
He is still undecided on his path of studies at Texas A&M, just as he was on a sport while growing up. At the age of six, he was joining his brother and dad on the golf course, but says he played several different sports until he reached high school.
His family has been very supportive and thanks them for pushing him to be great and do his best. “They supported me and drove me around in the summer to play golf tournaments all over the state,” said Paysse.
He also admires Ray Lamb, who has been his swing coach since 10th grade. “He told me I could win a state championship even though I might not have seen that yet,” said Paysse. “But he saw that in me. I worked hard with him and it has paid off. “
Paysse is a fan of golfer, Tiger Woods. “Tiger is the one I look up to on the golf course,” said Paysse. “I grew up watching him. He made me want to play golf.”
Paysse says the support he receives from his team also helped him get where he is today. “I have a great team,” said Paysse. “We have all supported each other to try and be our best on and off the course every day. Thanks also to Belton High school for letting me be in their system and I am glad this happened through this school.”
Watching Paysse win state was the most memorable moment for Kyle Revis.
“To watch Andrew win at the state championship,” said Revis. “It was really awesome.”
Revis says that after touring the campus and playing golf with the coach, Northwood College was the place he wanted to play. Revis says he has been playing golf since the 7th grade. “I used to go golfing on the weekends with my grandparents and dad,” said Revis. “I thought it was really fun, started practicing a lot and it took over my life.”
He thanks his swing and mental coach, Greg Antoon, who has instructed him since he was a kid.
Revis enjoys watching pro golfer, Justin Rose. “He is a really good guy,” said Revis. “I got to meet him on the golf course one day and it really sparked my desire to play more.”
Revis plans to study business management and win a championship for golf at Northwood. After college, Revis would like to teach kids and adults to golf and possibly compete in a golf tour.
Source: Belton ISD