Following in the footsteps of her older brother Dylan, a Brownwood High School graduate who continued his athletic career collegiately in his hometown, Lady Lion senior Carly Person on Thursday signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Howard Payne University.

“It's the next step and I get to enjoy school and soccer at the same time,” Person said.

Person chose Howard Payne over Mary Hardin-Baylor and Tyler Junior College, and stated her brother played a significant role in her decision.

“My brother Dylan went there for four years and he said it was really welcoming and a good community to be in. That made most of my decision,” Person said.

Lady Lions' first-year head coach Andrew Stevenson also played soccer at Howard Payne and was a teammate of Dylan Person.

“I knew Carly before I took the job, we hung out a few times playing soccer,” Stevenson said. “I really enjoyed getting to coach her. Her senior class was great, she was one of the leaders and did a really good job on the field and off the field.

“I'm looking forward to being able to see her games. Not a lot of high school coaches get to do that without traveling. I played soccer at HPU and it was a great decision. It's a great school and playing college soccer is a really cool experience — the practices, the traveling, all that stuff. She's going to excel there just like she did here.”

Person wrapped up her final season as a Lady Lions this past Monday, as Brownwood advanced to the area round of the playoffs, earned a bi-district championship and posted an 8-9 overall record. During her junior season, the Lady Lions finished with a 15-7 overall record and reached the third round of the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

Person stated her fondest memories of playing soccer for Brownwood were the multiple-round postseason runs each season.

As for her goal as a Lady Jacket, Person said she wants to, “just be the best I can be.”

Person intends to study Biology at HPU with plans to “hopefully be a sonographer.”