Three Sabine High School student athletes are moving on to continue their education and athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Sabine’s David Robinson, one of the area’s most decorated track and cross country runners, will continue his academic and athletic career at the next level after signing a national letter-of-intent with Dallas Baptist University on Wednesday at the Sabine High School library.
Sabine’s Blaire Kaufman and Eduardo Jaimes signed national letters of intent last week – Kaufman with the University of Cossatot, a De Queen, Arkansas community college, to play basketball, and Jaimes with Kilgore College, to play football.
Robinson will run track (distances) and cross country at Dallas Baptist, a Lone Star Conference school.
On the track, Robinson won the district championship and qualified for regional competition in the 3,200 meters this season. He was a district champion in the 3,200-meters and a regional qualifier in the 3,200 and 1,600 as a sophomore and junior.
In cross country, Robinson won the individual district championship as a sophomore, junior and senior and helped his team win three straight district titles. He was a regional and state qualifier as a sophomore and junior and a regional qualifier this past fall as a senior.
Robinson also blossomed into one of the area’s top basketball players. After averaging 7.8 points, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals as a junior, he earned co-Most Valuable Player honors in District 15-3A as a senior after averaging 17.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
Joining Dallas Baptist University in the Lone Star Conference are Angelo State, Cameron, Eastern New Mexico, Lubbock Christian, Midwestern State, Oklahoma Christian, St. Edwards, St. Mary’s, Texas A&M International, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas A&M Kingsville, Texas Woman’s University, Arkansas-Fort Smith, UT Permian Basin, UT Tyler, West Texas A&M and Western New Mexico.
Kaufman played for seasons of varsity hoops for the Lady Cardinals. After averaging 7.3 points per game as a freshman and 4.8 points per contest as a sophomore, she blossomed into a big-time scoring threat in her final two seasons.
As a junior, she averaged 13.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. She followed that up by earning district Most Valuable Player, All-Region and Academic All-District honors following a senior campaign that saw her average 17.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
UA Cossatot is an NJCAA Division II program that completes in the South Central District along with Arkansas State Mid-South, National Park College, North Arkansas, Southern Arkansas University Tech and South Arkansas Community College.
The team finished 5-10 overall and 3-7 in conference play this past season.
Jaimes became a valuable weapon for the Sabine football team, connecting on 10 of 11 field goals — including a pair of 52-yarders — and converting 31 of 35 extra point attempts.
He was an all-district, all-East Texas and All-State (TSWA and Padilla Poll) pick in 2020.
Kilgore College competes in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference along with Tyler, Trinity Valley, Navarro, Cisco, Blinn, New Mexico Military Institute and Northeastern Oklahoma.
Jack Stallard is the sports editor of the Longview News-Journal, a member, along with the Kilgore News Herald, of M. Roberts Media.