Signing a collegiate scholarship is supposed to be about the culmination of a long prep career filled with hours of hard work. Sort of a finale kind of thing.

But for a pair of Edmond athletes Wednesday, that signing was more of a first.

Edmond Santa Fe’s Drew Haymaker and Oklahoma Christian Academy’s Melissa Busby each inked basketball scholarships with Division I schools. Busby’s signing marked the first time an OCA athlete has ever gone to play for a DI school, while Haymaker is the first Santa Fe basketball player to go DI out of high school.

“It’s kind of neat,” said Haymaker. “You always want to be able to go Division I and to be the first at something makes it better.”

Haymaker, a 6-8 forward, will be playing at the University of Central Arkansas. His first season with the team will be the team’s first season in Division I. In fact, Haymaker is the first player the school signed after making the transition.

“They have a good atmosphere out there. It’s a good fit,” he said. “Playing time also was a factor. I expect to get lots of playing time.”

Haymaker, of course, isn’t the only member of his high school team bound for a DI school. Obi Muonelo is expected to sign with Oklahoma State soon, and Epke Udoh has offers from multiple major programs. Senior guard Andy Shaw also could join them, if he opts not to walk on at Oklahoma State.

Just a few years ago, OCA had its first ever basketball signee. Now Busby is headed to a major program at Missouri State University, fomerly known as Southwest Missouri State.

The 6-1 wing led the Lady Eagles to their second straight private-school state championship last season. She can play inside or outside equally well.

“This is pretty neat. It took a lot of hard work,” said Busby, who also received offers from Colorado and Oklahoma Christian University. “(MSU) just felt like an extended family to me.”

Three of Busby’s former teammates — Sidney Price, Charlotte Heron and Jordan Findley — have gone on to play collegiately, but she’s the first to do so on the top level.

The other basketball player to committ Wednesday was Deer Creek’s Breezy Martin, who will be attending Wichita State. Martin, a 5-10 forward, was the All-Edmond Player of the Year last season after averaging 14.3 points and 6.6 rebounds a game for the Class 4A state semifinalist Lady Antlers.

Several baseball players chose Division I schools, as Edmond Santa Fe’s Ty Weeden is going to Arkansas, and Edmond Memorial’s Garrett Richards and Brandon Powell are on their way to Oklahoma and New Mexico State. Richards and Powell helped the Bulldogs to the 6A state tournament last season.

Four standout softball players made up their minds Wednesday. Last year’s Co-All-Edmond Player of the Year, Miranda Dixon, is going to Arkansas, as is Edmond Memorial standout pitcher/catcher Teighynne Hulsey. Edmond Santa Fe pitcher Kayla Lawson signed with North Texas, and Memorial catcher Samantha Heinlein is going to Oklahoma State.

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COLLEGE SIGNINGS:

Deer Creek

• Breezy Martin, Wichita State, basketball



Edmond Memorial

• Brandon Powell, New Mexico State, baseball

• Garrett Richards, Oklahoma, baseball

• Teighynne Hulsey, Arkansas, softball

• Samantha Heinlein, Oklahoma State, softball



Edmond North

• Miranda Dixon, Arkansas, softball



Edmond Santa Fe

• Drew Haymaker, Central Arkansas, basketball

• Kayla Lawson, North Texas, softball

• Ty Weeden, Arkansas, baseball



Oklahoma Christian Academy

• Melissa Busby, Southwest Missouri State, basketball

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