Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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March 28, 2012

Miller signs with Pikeville

March 28, 2012 —     The 2012 high school season has begun, and as all the local teams prepare to take the field, senior athletes are making decisions on where they will head to play at the next level.

    One local student athlete made his decision early last Wednesday morning. West Carter pitcher/infielder Brandon Miller signed the dotted line to play at the University of Pikeville.

    Miller, who has family in Morehead, is the son of Scott and Melissa Miller of Olive Hill.

    A four-year varsity player for the Comets, Miller decided to wear orange and black for the Bears in the 2013 season after careful deliberation with his parents and coach.

    “It just seemed like a good school to go to,” Miller said. “I made my decision about a month ago, they put a scholarship offer on the table, and it seemed like the right choice. It’s a great atmosphere down there, and it should be a good place to go.”

    Making his decision during the opening week of 16th Region baseball, Miller said signing now works because it is one less thing he has to worry about.

    “It definitely takes the stress of making the decision off my shoulders”, Miller said. “As far as that goes, I feel that it allows me to just focus on the season, instead of having to worry about it down the road.”

    West Carter Head Coach Brad Bloomfield said it has been a pleasure watching Miller grow as both a player and an individual.

    “Brandon is an all around great player, very versatile,” Bloomfield said. “It has been great to see the way he has improved during his time with our program. Pikeville is getting an all-around great player, great student, and an excellent kid.”

    Carter County Schools Superintendent Ronnie Dotson showed his support for Carter County student athletes as he also came to support Miller in his decision.

    Dotson said Miller’s signing with Pikeville speaks great volumes about the athletics programs in Carter County.

    “We are very excited, and happy for this opportunity which Brandon has been presented with,” Dotson said. “Athletics is a very important part of the entire educational package here in Carter County. Anytime we can give students an opportunity to excel inside or outside of the classroom, then we certainly want to support them in those opportunities.”

    Around baseball from the time he was a youngster, Miller has committed years of hard work and commitment to the sport.

    Miller said it is a very satisfying feeling to have his time on the diamond extended into his college years.

    “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity,” Miller said. “You work hard through high school, middle school, and little league to get to this point. I just want to thank my parents, coaches, and all my teammates for their love and support all these years. They are a big part of this, and without them none of this would be possible.”

    Grant Stevens can be reached at gstevens@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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