At a reception in his honor, Tyler Hughes signed his agreement to play baseball for Centenary College for the 23-24 school year. The November 9 program in the Red River High School Vocational Building solidified the years of hard work that Hughes has put into his high school and travel ball career.
Sitting behind a table filled with memorabilia, Hughes committed his name to the document and raised his new Centenary ball cap. Items on the table in front of him included a 1924 Centenary varsity sweater worn by his great-grandfather, Fred Willis, Hughes’ high school jersey, and Centenary logo shirts.
Opening the night was Coach Todd Moore. He gave humor to the night and talked of Hughes’ love of the game. Dr. Collin Wimberly gave the invocation.
Richard Strong began with a word of thanks from the family to everyone who attended the event. The last to speak was Dr. Fred S. Willis, Sr. He spoke of the family legacy in Centenary and the honor of watching his great-nephew succeed in his chosen sport.
Several speakers took to the podium to share accomplishments and memories of Tyler.
First was his inaugural coach Ethan Squires. Coach Squires spoke of Hughes’ earliest years and his attention to detail. Next to speak was Thaddius Markray. He paid tribute to Hughes as a grounded athlete and student.
Tyler followed up the speeches with a thank you speech to his family and friends for always being there for him.
Following the program, all attendees were offered refreshments provided by the family. The Culinary Arts students of Red River High School created a cake for Tyler.