Springdale students packed the main gym’s bleachers Wednesday afternoon to see six of Springdale High School’s star athletes sign with colleges. Athletes sat around their tables, draped in the merchandise of their signing school, accompanied by close friends and family. Zak Clark, Springdale High School’s head football coach introduced his four football players: Brock Pounders, Grant Allen, Will Mueller, and E’kyous “Chops” Sanders. Donald Beeler, introduced two star soccer players, Nelson Barroso and Jose Vega.
E’Kyious “Chops” Sanders – Air Force Academy
Chops was an anchor on the defensive side of the ball this year for the Bulldogs. Chops finished the year with 79 tackles, six sacks, eight hurries, and one fumble recovery. This performance from Sanders landed him on the 7A West second team all conference team. Chops is also apart of the KURM dream team along with some fellow Bulldogs. Sanders holds it down in the classroom as well maintaining a 3.7 GPA. Sanders signed with the Air Force.
Brock Pounders – Missouri Southern University
Brock Pounders, one of the utility players for the Red Dogs this year. During the season, Pounders played offense, defense, and even special teams. On the offensive side of the ball he caught 60 passes for 1,114 yards, this averages out to 18.6 yards per catch, and 111.4 per game. He racked up 5 touchdowns on the year as well. Pounders acted as a ball hawk on defense as he had three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. Pounders’ solid performance on both sides of the ball landed him his second 7A all state selection. He also rocked it in the classroom as he currently holds a 3.8 GPA.
Grant Allen – Ouachita Baptist University
When playing quarterback, Grant Allen was as solid as they come. Allen was 144/229 passing the football for 2,267 yards. He also threw for 21 touchdowns and rushed for 2 as well. Allen was also the punter and averaged over 40 yards per punt. The way Allen played under center and kicking the football allowed him to be named to the 7A West first team all conference. He was also apart of the KURM dream team and they even named him their player of the year.
Will Mueller – Southwestern College
Will Mueller was also one of the Bulldogs quarterbacks this football season. He threw for 502 yards which included 3 touchdowns. Mueller is a hard worker in the classroom as well as he holds a 3.87 GPA.
Jose Vega – Neosho Community College
Vega is a four year varsity starter, scoring 30 goals in 2018 and being named the Democrat Gazette Player of the Year. He was the 7A West Newcomer of the Year in 2016 and named most valuable player in 2016 and 2018. He was the leader of the 2018 conference champion Bulldogs Soccer team that finished #23 in the nation with a 19/2 record. Vega was also titled Gatorade Player of the Year.
Nelson Barroso – Crowder Community College
Barroso played on the varsity team for three year and also played on the 2018 conference champion team. He recorded four goals and seven assists in the 2018 season.