Bearcat pair earn athletic scholarships
DEXTER - Dexter athletes Josh Davis and Mallory Kennedy have signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.
Davis signed to play football with Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Kennedy signed to play volleyball for the Lady Raiders at Three Rivers.
At 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Davis was a load on offense and defense for the Bearcats. A starting tight end on offense and a middle linebacker on defense, Davis put up some big numbers on both sides of the ball.
Davis led Dexter in receptions on the year with 17 and had 219 receiving yards with two touchdowns. On defense, Davis was the second leading tackler for the Bearcats with over 90 tackles.
With Davis, Dexter had a very successful year going 7-4 and making the state playoffs for the first time since 2002.
At Lindenwood, Davis expects to play most of the time on offense at tight end.
"I will play tight end up there because of numbers," said Davis. "They wanted me to play linebacker, but the coaches said they have a lot of backers and were in need of quality ends."
Davis enjoyed the campus and enjoyed his time with the coaches and players at Lindenwood.
"The coaches were just real nice and they all treated me with respect, as I did them," said Davis. "Some guys from the team showed me around the campus and made me feel as one of their own teammates. The coaches at Lindenwood want their players to treat each other as family. It is a really nice campus up there and they just spent about $5 million on new dorms."
Davis is itching to get to work up at Lindenwood and understands that college football will prove to be a bigger challenge than high school.
"I have good speed for a big guy," said Davis, "It could be faster and I will work on speed drills in the summer. I am going to work on tight end drills, because in high school I concentrated so much on just catching the ball. Once I secured the ball, I just turned up field and tried to plow someone over. I am not known for my juke moves. I know it is going to be an adjustment at first, but I am confident in my abilities and I will work hard to keep improving at my position."
Kennedy was dominant for Dexter in volleyball at her outside hitter position. At 5-8 Kennedy was an honorable mention on the all-conference team in the competitive Stoddard County conference.
A three sport star while at Dexter, Kennedy was a key member of the Lady Bearcats basketball team that won 20 games this past season. In addition, Kennedy competed in the long jump at the state track meet..
Kennedy is also ready to get going at Three Rivers and has simple reasons for her choice of college.
"Three Rivers is a good choice for me because it is close to home and it is just laid back," said Kennedy. "Coach (Jack) Childress will be the coach next year and he told me that they need some outside hitters and I would contribute right away."