Reynolds Signs With Connors State
By Ron Holt
Senior Zach Reynolds, a two-sport star at Bixby High, signed a letter-of-intent Thursday morning to play baseball at Connors State Junior College in Warner.
Reynolds, a catcher for the Spartans last season, signed at the Home of the Spartans in front of family and friends.
Perry Keith, Connors’ veteran head coach, attended the signing, along with current Bixby head baseball coach Glenn Sullivan and assistant coaches Justin DeLay and Travis Hicks.
“We really like Zach because we know he’s going to hit and he’s athletic,” said Coach Keith, who is entering his 30th year as Connors’ head coach. “We know he’s a good enough athlete to play the outfield and he gives us the luxury of another catcher.
“We’re looking at him as an outfielder. We graduated our whole outfield so this is a good time to be at Connors,” he said.
Reynolds was a starting linebacker on Bixby’s Class 6AII State Championship football team. He had an outstanding season for the Spartan footballers and was a team leader, according to Loren Montgomery, the Spartans’ head football coach.
He was also a leader on the Spartan baseball team last season as a junior. Bixby finished with a 15-23 record but Reynolds was one of the Spartans’ most consistent players.
He was second on the team in batting with an average of .339 and led the Spartans in runs-batted-in with 27. He led the team in hits with 37.
Reynolds belted three home runs, one triple and finished with eight doubles. He had an on-base percentage of .451 and a slugging percentage of .514.
Defensively, Reynolds finished last season with a .957 fielding average. He had 160 putouts and eight errors.
“When I went down there for a visit I had no idea he (Keith) was going to offer me a scholarship,” said Reynolds, the son of Will and Tricia Reynolds. “Coach Keith showed me around and I liked everything about it.
“Their field is getting re-done and they are going to put turf on it. Some of the players talked to me and told me how much they loved it there. I just heard a lot of good things about Connors.
“I had a good feeling about it and I’m excited about going there. I look forward to going to work for Coach Keith,” he added.
Connors is ranked 14th in the 2015 preseason poll according to Collegiate Baseball. The Cowboys were 46-13 last season and won the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference title.
Coach Keith, who was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame, has a record of 1,421-412.
Saturday a bus load of players worked 2 hours to raise money by hauling snow tubes for Onx's Holiday party. With Teamwork the players hauled hundreds of tubes.
After the hard work they all took a run down the hill.