Grizzle inks with Huskers
Chieftan will throw javelin at Nebraska
Roxi Grizzle has consumed her share of cake.
The Tonganoxie High senior celebrated her 18th birthday Feb. 18 with some sweet cake goodness.
On Friday, cake was served again - this time in the high school's Chieftain Room to commemorate her decision to throw javelin collegiately at Nebraska.
Grizzle "unwrapped" a present that will keep on giving the next four years at Friday's ceremony after the THS girls basketball game. She signed a national letter of intent to throw javelin for the prestigious Big 12 Conference program and will receive a scholarship throughout her college career from NU.
"To my knowledge, Roxi is the first Tonganoxian to ever be a Cornhusker," THS athletics director Brandon Parker said at the beginning of Grizzle's reception.
Parker went on to say that, although Grizzle has amazing athletic abilities, they pale in comparison to her abilities "as a human being, as a person."
Roughly 40 people were on hand to congratulate Grizzle on her signing.
It certainly was a big week for Grizzle, but the signing, which took place at 7:56 p.m. Friday, was a formality - Grizzle verbally committed to the Huskers in October.
One Husker fight song is entitled "There Is No Place Like Nebraska."
The song title has rung true for Grizzle for some time.
Nebraska was the only school Grizzle considered during the college search process.
She was in Lincoln, Neb., for a Junior Day event during her junior year at THS and made an official visit earlier this school year.
Every aspect of the university impressed Grizzle, who plans to major in elementary education. From javelin coach Mark Colligan to head track coach Gary Pepin.
Grizzle said her family visited Pepin and his family at their home during her official visit to Lincoln.
In May, Grizzle will aim at repeating her Class 4A state javelin title, which she won last May in Wichita with a throw of 151 feet, 9 inches.
Academically, Grizzle envisions eventually teaching third grade. She currently serves as an aide to elementary school physical education instructor Ursula Kissinger.