LHHS' Murphy Short, Mason Miller and Reagan Dunk

This morning, ten athletes from Lake Highlands High School signed letters of intent to play college sports next year, and ten sets of parents breathed big sighs of relief.

“This is the day I’ve been waiting for,” said Noel Walling, as she alternated between hugging her husband, Craig, and taking photos of her son, Chase. The Wildcat offensive line standout will play for the SMU Mustangs in the fall. He admits his decision was a tough one; he also liked UNT.

The normally perky Brinkley Field was a little droopy for her big day. “I was up late last night after the [Wildcat soccer] game doing homework,” she told me. “Brinks” as she’s known to the LH senior class, will play soccer for the University of Texas.

Mark Powell, Matalee Reed, Chase Walling, Maggie Olvera, Brinkley Field and Madison Vessel

“I’m really relieved and excited to start this new chapter of my life,” said Mason Miller, who’ll play soccer at the University of Central Florida. “It’s far from home, so that might be hard at first, but I’ll get to experience some new things and meet some new people.” Miller, the youngest of four, says he looked at four schools before deciding on UCF. “I loved it because they have a good football program and I’ll get to experience regular college life in addition to being a college athlete.”

Congratulations to these LHHS students, who’ve made us proud and will play college sports in 2012-13: