Legacy Christian Academy hosted a collegiate signing event for three of our senior student-athletes on December 15. Signing a National Letter of Intent represents a milestone for these players and their families as years of hard work and dedication lead to an opportunity to continue to play their sport. These elite athletes represent roughly 2% of all high school athletes who move on to compete at the collegiate level.
Kendall Droesch | East Texas Baptist University
Kendall Droesch has committed to play softball at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. Kendall got her start on the softball diamond when she was just 3 years old and played on a co-ed T-ball team with her twin brother Carson. Her love of the sport continued to grow and at the age of eight, she joined a select softball team and began traveling extensively. Also known to be an outstanding basketball player, Kendall spent much of her young life as a solid two-sport athlete. In eighth grade, she reached a fork in the road and had to make a challenging decision; she had to choose which sport to continue to play at the select level, basketball or softball? Softball won out and Kendall has continued to grow as a player and fine-tune her skills with both her select team as well as the Legacy team.
Coach Rich Zdrojewski says “I could talk about her athletic talent all day long, but I have enjoyed watching her growth not only as a player but as a person. She makes others better and is a difference-maker for the team.” Kendall has been selected as 1st team All-District in each of her seasons at Legacy. She won the District Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and was named Defensive Player of the Year and 1st team All-State as a junior. Kendall knew ETBU was a fit for her as she fell in love with the campus, coaches, facilities, and the Christian environment.
Sophia Lippert | Lee University
Sophia Lippert will continue her volleyball career at Lee University in Cleveland, TN where she will be a setter and a right side. For Sophia volleyball has been ever-present in her life. Her mom, Debbie, played volleyball and it was only natural for Sophia to start playing around with the volleyball on the sand courts in California while her mom played. When Sophia moved to Texas in 2015, she was a competitive swimmer and dancer. She had never even played on anything other than sand until one day she started playing around on the hard courts and her interest was piqued. She decided to play in middle school on the Legacy volleyball team and she has been loving the sport ever since.
She is a 3-time first-team All-District athlete, 2-time 2nd Team All-State, 1-time Honorable Mention All-State, 3-time LCA Offensive Player of the year, 2-time District Setter of the year, and 2021 McKinney Christian All-Tournament Team. She is a 3-year starter and led her team as one of the captains her senior year. When Sophia first set foot on the Lee campus, she knew it was where she was meant to be. “Sophia has a gentle way about her,” said Coach Kelly Rothacker. “She always has a smile on her face, and you can tell she loves playing the sport. She is funny, and though she is competitive, she always strives to have fun on the court.”
Minas Manias | Lipscomb University
Minas Manias has inked his National Letter of Intent to attend Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. He first picked up a golf club at the tender age of 2 1/2. He first beat his dad, who is a skilled golfer himself with just a 9 handicap, at the age of 4 ½. His natural talent was undeniable and Minas started competing at the US Kids World Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina when he was six years old, which is the youngest eligible age. He competed every year at Pinehurst until he was 12 years old, and consistently placed above the top 35 among golfers from around the world. Minas is also a multi-sport athlete, playing both football and soccer in addition to golf. He is a force on the football field and was even named co-MVP for the district in special teams. He could have continued his football career at the collegiate level if he wanted, but golf remains front and center for him.
Minas is the first golfer from Legacy Christian Academy to earn a golf scholarship at a Division 1 NCAA university. “Minas is a gifted athlete. I truly believe he could be good at anything,” says Coach Dwayne Hamilton. “He is a phenomenal young man in so many different ways. He is not only incredibly blessed with his athletic talents, but, more importantly,” says Coach Hamilton, “he is humble.” Minas was drawn to Lipscomb’s top business program and he loved the coaches, his teammates, and the facilities and golf courses are first-rate. During his golf career at LCA, Minas has captured three individual titles, earned All-State recognition from the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, led his team to a 4th place finish in the 2019 TAPPS 5A State Championship, established an individual school scoring record in state championship competition, and helped his team capture the 5A District 1 Championship in 2019.
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