BLOOMING GROVE — It was a big day in the Grove on Friday when two of the top basketball players in the Golden Circle signed letters of intent to accept basketball scholarships together.
BG’s John Shaw signed with Brookhaven College in Dallas and Tyler Pyburn signed with Western Texas College in Snyder.
Pyburn is one of the best girls basketball players in the history of the Blooming Grove girls program and led the Lady Lions to their first district title in more than a decade as a senior.
She led nation in double-doubles as a senior with 27, and was named the Golden Circle girls MVP for the second consecutive season.
Pyburn averaged 23 points and 13 rebounds a game and led the Lady Lions on defense as well.
She was the District 18-3A Player of the Year in basketball and a two-time Golden Circle and District 18-3A first-team volleyball player. She also went to the Region track & field meet the past two years.
“Tyler is one of the most decorated young ladies in the history of Blooming Grove,” said BG girls coach Richard Cummings.
“She led our team and she is a great teammate. I’m very happy to see her go on and play at the next level.”
“I’m happy, very happy,” Pyburn said. “I didn’t start thinking I would get a college scholarship until my sophomore year. That’s about the time I started thinking it might happen, and I really worked hard to get better.”
Pyburn said she plans on majoring in kinesiology and is thinking about possibly becoming a trainer of a coach.
Shaw said he was uncertain on his major, but Brookhaven is certain to have a star. Shaw is that talented and that tough on the court, where he led the Lions in scoring and helped Joey Sanchez’s team have one of the best seasons in Grove history as they won 25 games and captured their second Kiwanis Classic title in four years.
Shaw was the Kiwanis Classic MVP and the Golden Circle Offensive Player of the Year.
Shaw was also a first-team All-District and All-Golden Circle football player.
“John is a great player and I’m sure he will continue to play well (at Brookhaven),” Sanchez said. “I’m proud of him, and proud to know him.”