April 25, 2012
A couple multi-sport standouts at William Monroe are now officially college-bound.
Jordan Gentry and Doug Sizemore each signed on the dotted line in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
Gentry will play baseball at Louisburg College in North Carolina while Sizemore will wrestle at West Liberty University in West Virginia.
Gentry, a star pitcher for the Green Dragons, is the reigning Jefferson District Player of the Year. The righty was a perfect 10-0 last season and is unbeaten at 4-0 so far this season, with a sterling 1.69 ERA.
"I went to the campus, it seemed like the right fit. They told me I could play baseball there and be a good player on the team so that's what I chose," Gentry explained.
Gentry, who was also a Bull-Run First Team selection on both offense and defense in football as well as a star on the Monroe basketball team, anticipates moving onto a Division I program after his two years at Louisburg are up.
His coach, Mike Maynard, sees a bright future ahead for Gentry but will miss his ace.
"I've had a lot of good kids here coaching basketball and baseball but I'll probably miss that kid more than anybody I've ever coached. Wonderful kid. He'd run through that wall if I asked him to do it."
Meanwhile Sizemore was the state runner-up and Bull Run champion on the mat. He plans to wrestle at 197 in college but knows the step up in competition will be steep.
"It's going to be very intense. It's the best of the best in college and I'm looking forward to going out and seeing what I got. It's going to be very different, very fun," he stated.
Known for his tenacious running style on the gridiron as a tailback for the Monroe football team, Sizemore will put that intensity to good use on the mat, where his father and coach, Mike, believes we've only seen the beginning of his son's potential.
"He's extremely fresh is what we call it. Some wrestlers get stale and what you see is what you get when they're seniors. I would view him as like an iceberg. You see the top, but you don't have any idea how big the bottom is."