Thursday, November 15, 2012
It doesn't usually happen, but this year the early signing period holds maybe the biggest name of the year with Washington County's Allisha Gray.
One of the nation's top ranked prospects on the basketball court, Gray's heading down Tobacco Road to play at North Carolina.
The Golden Hawks' all-time leading scorer's been highly recruited since her freshman year, and to finally put pen to paper is a big relief.
"I'm thankful for being able to be recruited like that and be able to choose my school because not many people get that opportunity," Gray said. "They only have one or two schools to choose from, and it was a hard process, but I got it done with the help of my family and my coaches."
Today was a bright spot in a rough couple months for Gray. She tore her ACL, MCL and meniscus in August, ending her senior season before it started.
The choice was simple for ARC's Greyson Sigg.
Last year's Georgia Junior Golfer of the Year is headed to Athens to join the Bulldogs. He talked to other schools, but there was really just one choice.
Sigg said, "Just going up there and just being a fan of Georgia all my life, just being able to make that dream come true of going to Georgia, there's just no feeling like it I've ever had in my life."
It's golf and baseball at North Augusta this afternoon.
JoJo Higgenbottom will play ball up the road at USC Aiken while Jessica Hoang is Clemson bound.
Hoang will be joining some of her friends on the first ever womens' team for the Tigers.
"It makes it a lot easier because they're pretty much family," she said. "I've pretty much competed with them since I was 10. We all have known each other for such a long time now. It's a great opportunity to play with them for the next four years."
Not a shock, more golfers at Lakeside will hit the course at the next level.
Eunice Yi will stay in town and play for Augusta State while Emmanuel Kountakis is Mercer bound.
Kountakis already knows a lot of his teammates for the transition.
"Well a lot of things, its not too far from home," Kountakis said. "I like the golf program that they're going to have going on down there. They're suppose to build a new facility and a couple of my golf friends are going down there that I played golf with."
A trio of Aiken Hornets have signed on the dotted line as well.
Bryce Saunders and Trey Roberts will play baseball while big hitter Tyler Smith is headed to Wingate for volleyball. Smith fell in love with the Bulldogs program early on.
"Definitely the team dynamic, I actually got to watch them practice and it's like 12 of me on a team and they're just all loud and energetic and I love that environment," Smith said.
A list of all our signings are on line at www.wrdw.com.