By Lyndsie Ferrell
CREEDE— Creede Senior Isaac Borchers was greeted with a round of applause from his fellow students, teachers, coaches and team mates as he entered the gym to sign a letter of commitment for college.
According to coach Jim Tillery, Borchers was looking at four colleges to continue his basketball career when he contacted him one night to announce that he had made his decision.
“I was so happy for him and I know this won’t be the last official signing we will have. We have some great young men on our team and I can tell we will have more in the future,” said Tillery. Borchers had to choose between Western State University in Gunnison, Adams State University in Alamosa, the University of Northern Colorado and Wayland Baptist University out of Texas.
Borchers mom, Kristine, stated that though he had some really great offers, Wayland was the only one to offer him a player spot right from the start. Borchers has been one of the top scorers for the Creede basketball team and will now take his talents with him into a college future. Wayland has offered to pay for two thirds of his tuition and room and board as well as offer him a spot on their exceptional team.
“Isaac has led this team to some of the best games we have ever had for four years. He is the first student to sign on with a college out of state and this is really exciting for us,” continued Tillery. “He not only led the team, but he led his teammates too. He has always shown respect and appreciation for his team and I commend him for that. He not only broke a record for Creede, brought us to sixth place at state, which was a first for Creede, but he led in team assists as well.”
Borchers addressed his fellow students and teammates and thanked them for showing up to support him. “Thank you to all of the other schools who showed interest in me and offered me an opportunity. This has been kind of a whirlwind event, and I want to thank my teammates especially for all of the support,” said Borchers.
Borchers signed an agreement to attend Wayland Baptist University in the fall and will be there to play basketball for the duration of his education. His mom stated that he is not sure of what academic career he will pursue, but she’s confident he will excel as he has always done. “I am going to miss him, but I am so proud.”