Alumni briefs: Carson, Shields, Gray, Pinckard

DeAndre Carson – Lehman

A phenomenal four-year collegiate career at Texas A&M Commerce came to a close this spring for DeAndre Carson. Over the course of four seasons, Carson played in 111 games and made 50 starts for the Lions, according to the Commerce athletics website. Carson, who set the Lehman High record for points during his time as a Lobo, finished college with a 38.4 shooting percentage from the field. Carson hit 35 percent of his three-point shots while at Commerce and had 224 total assists in his career. In his senior season, Carson played in all 30 of the Lions’ games and helped the team reach its sixth NCAA Division II berth in program history.

Kraig Shields – Lehman

A change in scenery helped Lehman High alumnus Kraig Shields, who saw action in basketball during his first year at St. Edward’s University in Austin this season. Shields, who was sat out a season after transferring from North Dakota, played in 16 total games and had two starts in 2017. Shields shot 75 percent from the field and snagged 1.3 rebounds per game during the Hilltoppers’ 2017 campaign.

Meagan Gray – Hays

In her second full season in Norman, Okla., Hays High alumna Meagan Gray set her indoor and outdoor collegiate best heights in the pole vault. Gray, who claimed 2015 UIL Class 5A state championship in her senior year, set her personal best outdoor height of 13-feet, 9.75-inches at the 2017 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin. Gray set her indoor personal best came at the Tyson Invitational, where she hit a height of 13-feet, 7.25-inches.

Brayden Pinckard – Hays

After an injury sidelined Brayden Pinckard in her freshman year, the Hays High alumna surged her way into the starting lineup at Texas Lutheran University. During her redshirt junior season in 2017, Pinckard started 32 games and notched 26 RBI’s. At the plate, Pinckard hit .296 and had four doubles, four triples and a home run. On defense, Pinckard had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

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