Ronnie Briscoe’s baby cousin cried and wailed when she spotted him in a hat. “I don’t normally wear hats,” he explained, sheepishly.

But he wasn’t about to take it off. He’d worked too hard to get the chance to put it on.

The Connally senior signed to run track at Texas State on Thursday, fulfilling a long-held aspiration of achieving a college athletic scholarship. Originally, Briscoe thought he would sign for football, but he’s happy with how things worked out.

“It’s really a big day,” Briscoe said. “I dreamed about this being a kid. I was fortunate enough to sign for four years for track. I wanted to sign for football, but found out that football was more on the risky side, due to my injuries. So being on the safe side of things, being able to college for track, is a good thing in life. It’s a blessing and a dream come true, and I’m pretty excited.”

Thursday was actually the unofficial start to a big weekend for Briscoe. He’ll compete at the UIL State Track and Field Championships in Austin in four events – the 300-meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump and 4x400 relay.

“Making it to state last year, I didn’t do that well,” Briscoe said. “So coming back this year, I came out for redemption. I feel good, my body feels good, so me being able to sign today and being able to make it to state and compete in four events, that’s pretty exciting.”

Lorena athletes sign

A pair of Lorena seniors signed to extend their athletic careers this week.

Cooper Haigood signed to play football for Blinn College. Haigood made 184 tackles as a linebacker for Lorena last year, including 138 solos and seven tackles for losses. He was first-team Super Centex.

Meanwhile, Lorena’s Mason Jerden signed to play lacrosse at Lebanon Valley (Penn.) College.

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