By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Meanwhile, Calvin and Rachel Butler recorded their third college signing in as many chances. Colby followed in the footsteps of older siblings Veronica (UT-Chattanooga for cheerleading) and Cameron (Midland University of Nebraska for football). Colby’s inking of his letter of intent in the Brighton Gymnasium this afternoon marked the second Cardinal baller to sign with Bethel after classmate Tramaine Cooper committed there last week.
The backcourt mates shined for Head Coach Stan Gatlin’s Cardinals the past two seasons. Butler emerged as a key role player for Brighton his junior season hitting a game-winner against Wooddale during the Munford Christmas Tournament.
This past season Butler was the unsung hero in crucial District 13-3A games helping the Cardinals finish tied for first place. His play helped Brighton finish one win away from the Regional Semifinals and from a 20-win season.
Joining Butler for the signing were his parents, Brighton coaches, younger sister Vada and Bethel Assistant Coach Jonathan Stanley.
Stanley said Butler is an intelligent player with so much potential. He sees him challenging for time on the court as a freshman because of his work ethic.
Butler will be a welcome addition to Bethel Head Coach Jeff Britt’s staff. Britt has won more than 200 games at Bethel with five 20-plus win seasons. Britt has more than 300 wins in his career.
Butler marked the third Tipton County player signed by Bethel joining Cooper and Covington’s Malcolm Taylor.