April 4, 2007 Edition

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Jared Cook (seated, second from right) has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Williams Baptist College. Present for his signing were (front, from left): Rick Cook, Scott Arnold, Cook, Pam Cook; (back) Oliver and Jean Cook, Andy Durham, Taylon Cook and Willene and Jim Massey.

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Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

Jared Cook will stick with the Eagles. The standout third baseman for the Hillcrest High School Screamin' Eagles signed his letter of intent March 21 to play for the baseball Eagles at Williams Baptist College.

Cook currently leads his Hillcrest team with a .657 batting average and a .754 on-base percentage. He was selected for the 16-year-old Arkansas team last summer, and he hit the three-run home run that put the team ahead as it advanced to the final four of its World Series. He also started each game in 2005 for the AA American Legion team, which won the state title.

He is the son of Rick and Pam Cook of El Dorado. His grandparents are Oliver and Jean Cook of Jonesboro and Jim and Willene Massey of Strawberry.

Taking part in his signing ceremony at HHS were his parents and grandparents, his sister, Taylon Cook, Hillcrest baseball coach Andy Durham and Williams assistant coach Scott Arnold.

The head coach of the Eagles is John Katrosh. The team competes in the American Midwest Conference of the NAIA.

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