BAXTER SPRINGS - Mason Hartley, a 6’ 0” 165 pound senior at Baxter Springs High School, signed his national letter of intent to play football at Mid-America Nazarene College. The Pioneers are a N.A.I.A affiliated four year college located in Olathe, Kansas.

After considering offers from four year Sterling College, and community colleges in Ft. Scott and Coffeyville, Mason settled on Mid-America.

“Mid-America seemed right,” Mason said. "It will be a fine place for me. They have great facilities, and hopefully great coaches."

When asked if he was recruited as a defensive back or wide receiver: “It was at wide receiver. It will be nice to play one side of the ball."

Mason plans to major in business administration.

“Who’s Mason?” stated the Lions head coach Tim Parrish at the BHS assembly. “He’s a three sport athlete who has lettered in football, basketball, and baseball who is going to leave here. He’s very well rounded and I could always count on him to be a leader. He’s grown a lot the last three years he’s been here in Baxter. He’s a stickler on game film, and Mason’s future is just starting.”

Mason is the son of Rick Hartley and Shelly Hartley, and has two sisters, Jessica Hartley and Tara Sharp.