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College Signings: Fletcher to UMSL, Hoewing to C-SC

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Quincy High's Jordan Fletcher signed her national letter of intent with UMSL Thursday morning. Quincy High's Jordan Fletcher signed her national letter of intent with UMSL Thursday morning.

QUINCY, Ill. / CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -- The tri-states had a pair of high school seniors take the next step in their respective futures on Thursday.

Quincy High's Jordan Fletcher inked her national letter of intent with Missouri-St. Louis.

Fletcher credits her ability to get a shot at the NCAA Division II ranks to becoming a more complete player. This past season Fletcher showed off her skills not only on the block, but outside as well.

"This year coach (Demond) Dade helped me open my game up to driving to the basket and shooting. Getting the chance to do that has really helped me get comfortable with it. I've always been able to do it but not necessarily in a game and this year I definitely op ended up,"  Fletcher said.

QHS head coach Demond Dade says Fletcher's ceiling remains high and her potential is untapped.

"Night in and night out she was focal point of most defenses. As she goes to the next level she won't be the focal point of those defenses," said Quincy High head girl's basketball coach Demond Dade. "She's going to grow in leaps and bounds, and we're going to see that potential start to emerge."

A little more than an hour later, Canton's Austin Hoewing made his commitment official by deciding to take his game to Culver-Stockton.
 
Hoewing helped lead the Tiger soccer team to back-to-back district championships.
 
Thanks to the speed factor, he can stretch the field with his feet.
 
"Soccer is one of those sports that's a little easier for me to play because of my quickness. I think it's one of my better sports I play," said Hoewing. "I know college soccer is played a lot faster than high school and my speed should benefit me a lot."
 
Culver-Stockton head coach Blake Ordell is a big fan of Hoewing's breakout abilities.

"In that training I saw that speed. I had our center (mid-fielders) playing a lot of through balls into him to try to see that speed because I heard about that before he had come (to visit). It was definitely a big reason why we signed him," Ordell explained.

Hoewing says he picked the Wildcats due to the comfort level he felt with the coaching staff. 

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