Years of sweat and practice behind the making of a college athle - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Years of sweat and practice behind the making of a college athlete

Posted: Updated:

Tyler, TX (KYTX) -- It doesn't take long talking to Robert E. Lee Senior Alexis Crowder, to know what makes her tick.

"8th grade, that's when I knew that's what I wanted to do," Crowder said.

She signed on to play volleyball next year at Richland Community College.

"I love the coach, and the players are very welcoming. They always want to help," Crowder said.

But her success couldn't have happened without others supporting her. Alexis joined a club team on her time off, and even had her own cheering squad, her family, along the way.

"It's important that they look up in the stands and see somebody pushing for them, rooting for them," Rashunda Crowder, her mom, said.

That motivation has helped Alexis and 7 other athletes from Robert E. Lee get to the next level.

"They're usually goal-oriented," Darrell Piske, Athletic Coordinator at Robert E. Lee, said.

Coaches are stressing athletes to start more weight-training, honing their skills during off-season, and of course taking care of grades as a freshman.

"You'll get one that's a great athlete and has always been better than everybody else, but he's dragging around in the classroom," Piske said.

Athletic programs in Tyler are making a name for themselves.

"As long as we keep putting trophies in the case and winning football games, colleges are always going to come knocking on our door," Ricklan Holmes, John Tyler Athletic Coordinator, said.

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Three more defendants plead guilty in 2013 Tyler Motel murder

    Three more defendants plead guilty in 2013 Tyler Motel murder

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:27:00 GMT
    Three defendants in a 2013 murder pleaded guilty and avoided a trial Friday.More >>
    Three defendants in a 2013 murder pleaded guilty and avoided a trial Friday.More >>
  • Report: Flint girl's hot car death accidental, dad drug-free

    Report: Flint girl's hot car death accidental, dad drug-free

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:24:35 GMT
    Russel Lindstrom, charged with manslaughter in the hot car death of his young daughter was in court Friday morning for a bond-reduction hearing.More >>
    Russel Lindstrom, charged with manslaughter in the hot car death of his young daughter was in court Friday morning for a bond-reduction hearing.More >>
  • Web Exclusive: New law on inheriting online accounts

    Web Exclusive: New law on inheriting online accounts

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:51:58 GMT
    When someone dies, often their online identity dies as well. A new law in one state, however, is looking to change that.  Think about all of the online footprints and accounts you've made.More >>
    When someone dies, often their online identity dies as well. A new law in one state, however, is looking to change that.  Think about all of the online footprints and accounts you've made.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.