Socastee High School had five seniors sign their letter of intent last Wednesday, April 19 to continue their education and play sports at the college level. Their family, coaches and teammates were all in attendance to wish them all the best for their upcoming bright and successful futures.
Alec Dowd signed his letter of intent to play lacrosse at Lincoln Memorial University located in Harrogate, Tennessee. Dowd has plenty of experience in lacrosse as he has played for nine years and made All Region and 2nd Team Lower State honors in 2016 for Socastee. He hopes to continue playing the midfield and face off positions at the college level.
Dowd remarked Socastee has helped him achieve many of his goals which will allow him to pursue a criminal justice degree while at Lincoln Memorial. He ran cross country at Socastee all four years and has maintained a 3.3 GPA.
Socastee coach Matthew Fox said Dowd had been a great player for the Braves and was a good leader on the field. Fox said he was a captain this past year and he should play as a freshman in college due to his skill level.
Stephen Sperbeck signed his letter of intent to play lacrosse at Coker College in Hartsville. Sperbeck stated “if you had told me I would be playing lacrosse in college in my junior year, I would have laughed.” But his 2016 season was a big turnaround as he earned the Overall MVP and the Offensive MVP honors while also being named to the Grand Strand All-Strand and the Lower State teams.
Sperbeck has attended the Academy of Technology and Academics in Conway since his sophomore year where he holds around a 3.0 GPA. He has run cross country and is a junior volunteer for the fire department. At Coker he plans on majoring in Criminal Justice Forensic Science.
Socastee coach Matthew Fox had high praise for Sperbeck as he was one of his top players on the field and also shared captain duties for their 2017 season.
Jordan Bridges inked his letter of intent to play baseball for Charleston Southern University located in North Charleston. “I’ve played baseball since I could walk,” Bridges said. He has played varsity baseball for the Braves for three years and said he could play almost any position. But he mainly concentrates on middle infield, centerfield and pitcher.
While at Socastee he has played football his freshman and sophomore years and basketball for one year. Currently, he has a 3.2 GPA and looks to major in business and real estate while at Charleston Southern. He enjoys surfing and wakeboarding.
Socastee coach Curtis Hudson noted that Bridges was a good baseball player and that he worked very hard. He said Bridges started at second base and was one of their five pitchers.
He felt he would do well at Charleston but he will have to continue working hard as he had done in the past because the competition would be a lot tougher.
Megan Faris signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Lander University in Greenwood. She began playing volleyball in the fourth grade for club teams and never stopped. At Socastee, she played volleyball her freshman year at the outside and backrow positions.
She received the Brave Award in her sophomore and senior seasons and their team won their region her sophomore and junior years. Faris has a 3.9 GPA at Socastee.
While she enjoyed her time at Socastee and commented everyone was like family, she is really looking forward to attending Lander University. Her major is still undecided but she is leaning towards a degree in nursing.
Socastee coach Kristi Garrett stated that Faris was an all-around great player and was always pumped up and ready to play. In 2016, she was a captain her senior year.
Garrett summarized that Faris will do well at the next level because she likes a challenge and will work harder to always be successful.
Elijjah Lawson signed his letter of intent to run cross country and track for Coastal Carolina University in Conway. Lawson has been running cross country since his freshman year at Socastee and received the MVP Award his sophomore year in 2014 and the Brave Award for team leadership in 2016. His best time in the 5K Cross Country was 17:17 minutes.
He has also played varsity basketball all four years for the Braves.
“I have been very blessed and very honored to be a part of Socastee High School,” Lawson said. “I have grown as a person and athletics has supported me into making me who I am. It has been great.”
Lawson has a 3.7 unweighted GPA and a 4.3 weighted GPA at Socastee. At Coastal Carolina he hopes to major in Accounting/Business.
Socastee coach Rob Urbaniak said Lawson has been outstanding and that he has really shown a lot of leadership and maturity for our team. He also noted he made the All-Region team this year.
“Lawson is going to be a good addition to Coastal’s team this year because he has got what it takes to step up his game and be a next level athlete,” Urbaniak said.