Two more Bearcats sign to play college sports

By Kyle Roberts

With the end of the school year just days away, two more Ruston High students have signed on to play college sports: Lorelei Freling in volleyball and Dylar Richmond in track and field.

“It’s always a great thing to be able to get together whenever you have student athletes that are moving on to the next level to further not only their athletic career but their academic career,” Ruston head football and athletics director Jerrod Baugh said. “We want to show how much we appreciate the work they and their teammates have put in to help them get to this point where they have this opportunity.”

Freling had a stellar career as a libero for Ruston, helping guide the Lady Bearcats to a second-round appearance in the 2022 LHSAA Non-Select Division-I volleyball tournament. She will be attending Rose-Hulman in Indiana where she intends to study engineering.

“We’re super proud of her,” Ruston head volleyball coach Lucie Hunt said. “She’s worked toward this for her entire career here; it’s a college known for engineering, and that is a passion of hers. This is a good fit for her. We’re excited to see her move to the next level.”

For Richmond, he will be joining the track team where his head coach Trey Smith ran collegiately: right here at home at Louisiana Tech University. Richmond is a member of multiple relay teams for the Bearcats and was a standout long-snapper for the football team.

“It’s an outstanding achievement for him,” Smith said. “He’s battled through so much this year. The growth he’s had this season is just incredible. It takes a special kid to run four sprint events and come out with medals most of the time. I’m a proud alum of Louisiana Tech, and I think it’s an excellent fit for him.”