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Fly to the Eagles: Highland's Sparks and Smith pick CMU

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Highland's dynamic gridiron duo - Chris Sparks and Derick Smith - will play football at Central Methodist in the fall. Highland's dynamic gridiron duo - Chris Sparks and Derick Smith - will play football at Central Methodist in the fall.

EWING, Mo. (WGEM) -- For the second time in less than a week Highland is sending more of its student athletes to the college level.

Senior standouts Chris Sparks and Derick Smith signed with the Central Methodist football program on Tuesday afternoon.

Sparks was a four-year starter with the Cougars while Smith is getting a shot at CMU despite not even showcasing his gridiron skills until his sophomore year.

Both say it's a dream come true...

"The journey is magnificent. There's nothing else I've wanted to do in life ever since I was a little kid," Sparks said. 

"Now that this has actually come to a realization, I'm really looking forward to it."

According to Smith, "It means a lot. It's really a huge accomplishment in my life. I feel like I've accomplished some huge things and some long term goals that I've set in life."

Sparks says he's planning to play either strong safety or slot receiver with the Eagles, and Smith will line up at defensive back.

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