MOSS BLUFF — Multi-sport star athlete Alania Bartie will take her talents to the next level after signing to play volleyball for Centenary College in Shreveport on Wednesday.
Bartie is an all-district volleyball and basketball player for the Lady Broncos.
“I am excited for her,” Sam Houston head volleyball coach Rene Fontenot said. “She is a unique kid.
“She is just a natural leader no matter what team she is on. She played four years of basketball and one year of softball, plus club and travel volleyball. She will tell you she will do whatever the team needs her to do. She sets an example of how to be a great teammate. She worked as hard or harder than her teammates. I will miss her.”
Bartie has played all over the floor for Sam Houston over the last three season, but her main position was at setter where she recorded over 1,000 career assists. This season, she led the Lady Broncos to the District 2-I championship and was the district offensive MVP.
Fontenot said that Bartie will compete for a starting spot immediately at setter and outside hitter.
Centenary is a Division III school which means there are no athletic scholarships, but Bartie has a 3.9187 GPA, earning 2019 All-academic Class 5A volleyball honors, and will attend Centenary on academic and leadership scholarships.
Bartie has made a name for herself on the basketball court as well, averaging 12.76 points and 12 rebounds a game. She had 23 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday in a 49-40 win over Southside.
“She just has such presence in the gym,” Fontenot said. “When basketball got her, they said she just changes everything. She is a great kid.”
Sam Houston senior defensive lineman Jacob Humphrey (6-5, 244 pounds) signed with Tyler Junior College on Wednesday.
In his final season, Humphery totaled 69 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 1 1/2 sacks, forced four fumbles and recovered two.
In two seasons as a starter, he helped lead the Broncos to a 16-6 record and finished his carrier with 151 tackles, 30 1/2 tackles for a loss, 12 1/2 sacks, eight forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.