Nine Carolina Forest High School seniors will play college sports.
Proud parents and classmates erupted in cheers and snapped plenty of photos during the April 30 signing day at the school auditorium.
“Everyone sitting in here is well aware of the time and dedication not only to the athletic piece but to the academic piece [required] to make this happen,” said CHFS Athletics Director Tripp Satterwhite.
Bryce Crawford and Marquis Allen will continue playing football at Erskine and Presbyterian College, respectively.
“It’s actually weird because I didn’t think I was going to go this far with football,” said Crawford, a linebacker who received a scholarship. “Starting out in eighth grade with my best friend getting me into football, it’s just been a long journey. … Without him, I wouldn’t be playing at college.”
Senior Cameron McWhorter will cheer for Clemson while Ashtyn Poirier will do the same at Coastal Carolina.
Emma Liles will play softball for Barton College.
“I really have to credit a lot of my success to my teams and my family and my coaches,” said Liles, who received a scholarship to play softball. “They really helped me get where I am.”
Baseball player Josh Hester is set to attend William Peace University. Olivia Growe will continue to run cross country and track at Anderson University while Michael Mohr will head to Spartanburg Methodist College and Jonathan Penter to Erskine.
Coaches praised players for their hard work.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” Satterwhite said. “It’s a good day for Carolina Forest and these kids. They’ve worked incredibly hard academically and athletically to go on beyond high school. Clearly, they have a passion for athletics and they’ve done everything right so they can move on. It’s a fun day for us.”