Friday, August 31, 2012


    Shaquille Cockrell, an Austin resident and son of Shawn and Doris Coburn and Keith Cockrell, and grandson of Eula Conyears and Janice Cockrell, is attending Alcorn State University in Mississippi on a baseball scholarship. He graduated in June from Walther Lutheran High School with a 3.00 GPA. He attends Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, under the direction of Pastor Johnny L. Miller.
    Shaquille got his start in baseball at Amundsen Park in 2000 when his aunt, Melissa  Conyears, enrolled him in T-ball. His first coach was Don Taylor. Shaquille extends thanks to other coaches who have helped him along the way, especially Coach Bruce, Coach Tommy, Coach Joe, Victor, and Mr. Mason of Amundsen Park. He also thanks Coach Chris of Altgeld Park, Coach Brown of the White Sox Ace Program, and Walther Lutheran Coaches Matt Tuomi and Bo Flowers. Shaquille also thanks the Walther Lutheran faculty and Mr. Craven.
    Shaquille is majoring in Business Administration and will focus on baseball. He gives special thanks to Alderman Jason Ervin for encouraging him to concentrate on his education.

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