As six athletes gathered together for a common purpose at Lake Creek High School on Nov. 13, part of their legacies were cemented.
Pierce Spencer, Mason Williams, Lauren Wilking, Elijah Uribe, Evan Potter and Jared Matheson will collectively be known as the first students in school history to sign National Letters of Intent to compete at the college level.
“We gave the kids a letter from the school about how they are part of the Lake Creek Lions family, and it will always be that way,” Lake Creek head football coach and campus athletic coordinator Pat Kennedy said. “They made history because they are the first signing class ever, and we’re going to have a commitment to stand behind them the rest of their ways as student-athletes. It’s historic in the fact that this is the first one, and there can’t be the second first one.”
Lake Creek is currently in the midst of its second year of varsity athletics. The school opened its doors for the first time last fall, and the athletics programs were immediately thrown into the fires of UIL competition. Now the Lions have plenty to show for their experiences on the court, in the pool and on the softball and baseball diamonds. These athletes’ accomplishments of signing will not soon be forgotten.
“All of our programs have gotten better this year — record-wise, and as far as having more athletes,” Kennedy said. “But it shows that Lake Creek, in five years from now, could potentially have upwards of 20 kids on a signing day. It shows that people want to come to Lake Creek and participate in athletics, and they want to do all the things to be the best they can be athletically. It’s an exciting time.”
Williams delivered the first-ever state championship to Lake Creek as he won the 1-meter diving event at the UIL Class 5A state championships in Austin last February. He will be headed to the University of Hawaii.
On the basketball court, Pierce Spencer, the son of coach Shannon Spencer, was selected as the All-Montgomery County Player of the year after averaging more than 22 points per game as a junior. He is destined for Nicholls State.
Wilking was a first-team all-district pick for the Lions’ softball team, which finished second in district play and qualified for the playoffs. She will be continuing her career and education at LeTourneau University.
Uribe (Johnson County Community College) was a first-team all-district selection last spring, and he, Matheson (McLennan Community College) and Potter (East Texas State) will be key contributors again as the baseball team strives for a strong second year.
“I think their willingness to come over here to Lake Creek and continue to improve — I think that’s the legacy,” Kennedy said. “All those kids didn’t have to come here; they could have stayed at Montgomery. Mason Williams said a long time ago that he wanted to put Lake Creek on the map. I think he’s done that.”