Weatherford Sports

Argyle ex enjoying move to WC

Allea Harris hopes to get into broadcasting one day.
Allea Harris hopes to get into broadcasting one day. Photo courtesy

Allea Harris was so close to living in North Carolina when she realized that happiness was just down the road.

The 2013 Argyle High graduate was ready to transfer from the University of Texas-Arlington. She had her sights set on Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.

Then she got a call from Weatherford College Lady Coyotes coach Bob McKinley.

"Coach Bob remembered me from high school," Harris said. "When I decided to transfer, he called me the day before I was going to go to Shaw. I loved Shaw, but when I came here I knew this is where I wanted to be. How do you not love Bob?"

Harris, a guard, helped Argyle High School to four consecutive playoff appearances. They reached the second round in her freshman and sophomore seasons and the third round when she was a junior and senior.

That led to a scholarship offer from UTA. She said she liked playing for the Lady Mavericks, but felt she could find more opportunities at another school.

"I liked it there. I played against some great competition. I started against OU (Oklahoma) after I'd worked hard in practice," Harris said. "I started about 10 games, but then suddenly my playing time went down. The coach said we were trying something different."

Harris said there are no hard feelings toward the folks at UTA. She simply wanted to play more - and she is.

"I get to play a lot, and Bob always hugs us after practice, no matter how mad you might make him by doing something wrong in practice," she said. "This is a place where you can play, have fun and feel like a part of a family."

Speaking of family, Harris comes from a family full of athletes and has seven siblings. Her mother played softball and was on the drill team, while her dad ran track and loves handball and golf.

Allea ran cross country with her sister Colby, providing some memorable moments.

"Literally, once in a district meet she reached back and grabbed my jersey," Harris said. "They're so competitive. Every time I go home, they want to play basketball."

Harris wants to transfer her love of sports into becoming a professional broadcaster. Along with her love of playing, she loves watching and analyzing sports.

"I want to ask athletes things like what were they thinking when they took that shot? Why did they make that play?" she said.

She's majoring in broadcasting and minoring in kinesiology. The latter comes from battling scoliosis for several years.

"I've been going to a chiropractor since the eighth grade," Harris said. "Having people help me with my body over the years has made me want to help others.

"But my dream is to be on ESPN. Maybe I can put my worlds together."