A total of five senior players on the Bullard Panther varsity baseball team were honored during the team’s annual Senior Night ceremony, held Friday, April 21, before the team’s district contest against the Gilmer Buckeyes.
“We, as a staff, are really proud of our seniors,” said Chad Linder, Bullard Panther varsity baseball coach. “We had an incredible senior night game against Gilmer. Each of them has left their own legacy for players behind them.”
Bullard Panther varsity baseball seniors honored during the 2017 Senior Night ceremony included Wes Carter, Josh Chewning, Austin Childs, Peyton Miller, and Denton Ventress.
Carter, the son of James and Jodi Carter, served as a shortstop for the Panther varsity baseball team this season. He has been a member of the Panther baseball program for three years.
While attending BHS, Carter has also served as an athletic trainer for both the Bullard Panther varsity football and basketball teams, as well as participated in the Heath Occupational Students of America organization.
After graduation, Carter plans to attend Tyler Junior College and major in kinesiology.
Chewning, the son of Todd and Kelly Chewning, has participated in the Panther baseball program for four years, and served as an outfielder and pitcher this season.
At BHS, Chewning has also participated in the Panther basketball program, as well as Spanish Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
After graduation, Chewning plans to attend Blinn Junior College in Brenham and major in kinesiology.
Childs, the son of Nathan and Crystal Childs, served as a catcher for the Panther varsity baseball team this season. He has been a member of the Panther baseball program for four years.
While attending BHS, Childs has also represented the school on the Bullard Panther varsity football team, while also participating in Spanish Club. He is also a recipient of the Rotary Leadership award.
After graduation, Childs plans to attend Texas State University in San Marcos, but is undecided on his future major.
Miller, the son of Brent and Angie Miller, has participated in the Panther baseball program for four years in a variety of positions, including pitcher, designated hitter, and outfielder.
Recently, Miller selected to sign with Panola College in Carthage, where he will play for the Palona Ponies in an effort to to work on his game at the junior college level, as well as have the opportunity to play with his brother, former Bullard Panther pitcher Ty Miller.
While attending Panola, Miller plans to major in nursing in hopes of becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
Ventress, the son of Monica and Bob Ventress, has been a member of the Panther baseball program for four years, serving the team as a pitcher.
While at BHS, Ventress has also participated in the Panther football program, as well as been involved with Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and HOSA.
After graduation, Ventress plans to attend Texas A&M University – College Station and major in engineering.
The Bullard Panther varsity baseball team finished the 2017 season with an overall record of 12-16-1, 5-5 in district play, and was recognized as Bi-District Champions.