Pair signs with Concordia

Published 11:25 pm Tuesday, March 2, 2010

SELMA — Johnathan and Mildrea Harris have the same parents, the same career aspirations and, as of Tuesday, the same college.

The Harris twins, who are now at Selma High School, will attend Concordia College next year, both on athletic scholarships. Johnathan will go for football and baseball, and Mildrea for basketball and softball.

“We can help each other out, study together and wake each other up,” Mildrea said.

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They both hope to be a coach like their father, Christopher Ramos, who coached basketball at Southside High School and uncle Anthony Harris, who coached Mildrea on Selma’s girls basketball team.

“They take up for each other,” Anthony Harris said. “They are very closely knitted. They love each other and believe in themselves.”

Mildrea will study sports medicine and Johnathan will major in physical education.

Concordia was the only school either considered, and close proximity to family is what made the school stand out.

“They started recruiting me two or three weeks ago, and they have a good program,” Mildrea said. “They told me the options I have and why I would like it. It’s close to home, and that will be easy on my mom.”

Anthony Harris said he’s glad the twins are staying in Selma, but emphasized that the school isn’t what’s important in the decision.

“I told them it isn’t where you go, it’s what you do when you get where you’re going,” Anthony Harris said. “You get your free education and you find something you can do that you love.”

Both Mildrea and Johnathan have their eyes on the future, but the convenience of going to Concordia outweighed other factors.

“We’re twins,” Johnathan said, “and twins have to stick together.”