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Trivette, Wagner pick their colleges

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Two David Crockett High School basketball players have signed with their college of choice.

Surrounded by family and their peers, Emily Trivette and Dawson Wagner put the pen to paper on Monday, making their scholarships official.

Trivette will be attending King University in Bristol while Wagner will be attending Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.

“I’ve been playing basketball since I was in first grade,” Trivette said. “I don’t think I will do basketball after college in a different capacity, but I am going to stay in sports majoring in Sports Media and Sports Broadcasting.”

Trivette said she had another offer, but King was the best fit for her and her family because it is closer.

“Emily was a four-year scholar here at Crockett and she scored 714 points, she hit 138 three pointers, and she was an 80% three-point shooter during her career,” Coach Thomas Gouge said. “She was a coach’s dream. She led by example. She took the freshmen in, and she led them. She was a second team all-conference in the Big 5, she made the all-district team, and she also made the Hardee’s Classic Tournament team. She hit some big-time shots. We had the best season in school history, and she was a huge part of that.

“We are so proud of her, and we wish her the best,” Gouge said. “I know she’ll do well at King and at whatever she does in the future.”

Wagner’s coach, Cody Connell, had praise for Dawson Wagner, as well.

“I remember back in sixth grade when I was at Liberty Bell, I went up to Dawson after class and asked how he was doing. He said, ‘Not so well,” and I asked what he meant. He said that he didn’t make the basketball team. And I think from that moment on, I’ve never seen a kid work as hard as he has,” Connell said. “It’s in- credible to see the accomplishments he’s made over these last six years. It’s been an amazing time. I am so proud of him.”

Connell added that Wagner scored more than 1200 points and became a part of something every kid dreams of — to take his talents to the next level.

“I grew up playing all the sports, but when I got to high school, I just played basketball, I really focused on it,” Wagner said. “I’ve always wanted to play basket- ball on the beach. Palm Beach Atlantic was my first beach offer, and the coach
is really nice. It’s really nice down there too; it was one of my top choices.”

Gouge and Connell, along with Coach Jerry Day, we’re excited to see the future for these two young athletes.

“These are amazing athletes, and they’ve done so much for our school,” Connell said.