Eagles sign at NEO A&M

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Decatur teammates Harry Boatman and Wade Laughlen will continue their careers together on the pitch after high school.

The seniors inked letters of intent Friday with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M to play soccer.

Staying Together

STAYING TOGETHER – Decatur’s Wade Laughlen and Harry Boatman will stay teammates on the next level after signing letters of intent to play at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

“We’re going to be teammates and roommates,” Boatman said.

Boatman, who just recently got back on the soccer field for the Eagles after a playoff run with the basketball team, agreed to play for a junior college in Miami, Okla. first.

“I was impressed when I met with coaching staff and met a couple of players,” Boatman said. “I liked the setting.

“This has been the goal for a couple of years to move from club to the college level.”

Boatman played center midfield for the Odyssey soccer club out of Colleyville.

After hearing that Boatman was headed to the school, Laughlen, the Decatur goalkeeper, tried out.

“When I heard Harry was going there, I went there and tried out,” Laughlen said. “They gave me an offer.

“I’ve always wanted to play at the next level.”

Along with playing in high school with Boatman, Laughlen served a guest player with Odyssey.

The two are hoping to help the Eagles grab the fourth playoff spot out of District 9-4A. Decatur would need a win over Burkburnett in the regular season finale March 14 to have a shot.

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