Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat: DHS senior signs to play soccer at Baker

Greg Henning, a senior at De Soto High School, signs a letter of intent to play soccer for Baker University as his mother, Chris Henning, watches on Wednesday, March 30. Henning, whose older brother currently plays for Baker, is excited about joining the close-knit team.

Greg Henning, a senior at De Soto High School, signs a letter of intent to play soccer for Baker University as his mother, Chris Henning, watches on Wednesday, March 30. Henning, whose older brother currently plays for Baker, is excited about joining the close-knit team. by Laura Herring

Greg Henning is familiar with Baker University's soccer program, after all, his older brother has been a member of the team for just over a year now, Now Henning is looking forward to joining that team himself.

"It's the closest team I've ever seen," he said. "They're always together and it's a brotherhood."

Henning on Wednesday, March 30, signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Baker University. In addition to receiving an athletic scholarship, He'll also receive an academic scholarship and a music scholarship to play percussion for Baker.

"Greg's played music at Baker since he was young. I think it's always been his dream to attend school there," said his father, Allan Henning.

As parents, Allan and Chris Henning have taken pride in their children's many accomplishments. In addition to Greg's older brother Alex playing for Baker University, Greg's twin, Chris, will be playing football for William Jewell University next fall and the oldest son, Nick, is a musician at Missouri Western University.

"I'm a very proud mother of all my boys," Chris Henning said. "They all get along well and work hard."

"Watching [Greg and Alex] play together in high school was my greatest joy, I've always loved watching them play since they were little and in the backyard," said Allan Henning. "I can't wait to watch them again at Baker."

Through his brother, Baker has had its eye on Greg for a while now.

"We've known about Greg for a couple years and we get updates from Alex," said Baker assistant coach Davy Phillips. "It's really neat to be able to see that interest come to fruition."

Brother or no brother, De Soto head coach Darren Erpelding knowns Greg will excel at Baker.

"He's a relentless player, he will do whatever it takes to win," Erpelding said. "Greg plays to his full capacity the whole time he's in the game, whether that's for 10 minutes or two halves."

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