McCook CC baseball player Gary Hall II signs with UNO
McCook Community College sophomore Gary Hall II has signed a letter of intent to play baseball starting this fall at the University of Nebraska-Omaha for coach Bob Herold.
Hall was a second-team all-Region IX player last season starting in right field, batting .353 with a .501 on-base percentage. He was also hit by pitches 15 times.
Hall is a product of Arvada West High School in Arvada, Colo., and is pursuing his Associate of Arts Degree at MCC. He plans to study history and secondary education at UNO.
"Gary has been a leader for us on and off the field," MCC baseball coach Jeremy Jorgensen said. "He's continued to work hard from the time he stepped on campus whether it's on the field during games or practice; he's always ready to play."
The coach said there had been a lot of interest from several Division I schools but Gary decided that UNO was a good match for him, so he decided to sign early.
"I really like what the program had to offer from coach Herold to the facilities," Hall said. "I came from the Denver area so I'm comfortable with living in Omaha and looking forward to it."
Herald is in his eighth season at UNO and his Maverick squad has earned a top 10 preseason ranking in NCAA Division II polls.
UNO competes in the North Central Conference and plays its home games at Boys Town Field.
"The fact that another player has come to our program, worked hard and used his opportunity as a springboard to success is another example of what can happen when people work hard toward a goal," Jorgensen said.
"He worked hard to create this opportunity for himself and we are proud of him and we're looking forward to seeing him succeed at UNO."