Central's Blyss Johnson has been a vital part of the Central lady Bulldog softball program and now she will be heading north to the metroplex for college ball.
On Monday, Johnson signed with the University of Dallas, which competes athletically at the NCAA Division III level.
"We are going to miss her here in Central but her hard work shows what is possible," Central Softball Coach Kurtis Acosta said. "She has come in clutch for us so many times and we always could depend on her. They are getting a great player."
Johnson was part of the past two softball teams at Central that made it to the regional semifinals. This year, her team also finished with the fewest losses in school history at 2.
"I wanted to go to the school because it reminds me a lot of home," Johnson said. "It is in the city but it is tucked away in the woods so you feel like it is East Texas."
Acosta announced to the crowd at the signing that Johnson was awarded $100,000 in scholarship money.
"I am going to school for accounting," Johnson said. "It was a big help to get that money."
Johnson becomes the fifth player from the school to sign with a college team in the past two years. The signing also took place after she and the other seniors graduated this past Friday.
"I was sad to leave this place," Johnson said. "I was so happy to see that I was signing after graduation so I could come back one more time."