Live Oak Celia Holmes

Live Oak’s Celia Holmes is staying close to home by signing with the Bears.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

As a member of TAPPS Class 2A, Live Oak Classical falls between the 67-100 total for its high school enrollment.

And yet little Live Oak’s girls athletic program produced a pair of NCAA Division I signees this week.

Live Oak’s Celia Holmes signed with Baylor for track and cross country, while Bailey Keith finalized her college plans by signing with Air Force for volleyball.

Holmes boasts personal-best times of 5:06.69 in the 1,600 meters and 11:05.17 in the 3,200, and holds TAPPS state records in both. She is an 11-time TAPPS 2A state champion in cross country and track, and went 4-for-4 on cross country titles for her career.

Keith is a Super Centex performer for Live Oak’s volleyball team, and currently holds the national lead for kills this season with 833, according to’s national stat leaders.

China Spring’s Bell is Cisco-bound

China Spring’s Carson Bell will continue his baseball career at Cisco College as he signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Bell is a pitcher and also plays first and third base for the Cougars as well as the Waco Storm. The senior received first-team all-district honors in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Midway softball duo holding ceremony

Midway softball’s Sophie Wideman and Da’Jia Davis will participate in a signing ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday at the Midway Activity Center.

Wideman is headed to UT-Tyler, while Davis will continue her career at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Wideman hit .454 with 51 RBIs as a catcher for the Pantherettes last season, earning all-state and first-team Super Centex recognition. Davis, a third baseman, hit .349 with two home runs and 30 RBIs, making honorable-mention Super Centex.

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