Four athletes at Riverside High and four at Blue Ridge were recognized for making their college choices during the first day of the early signing period Nov. 13.
At Riverside, Jonathan Hardee, recently selected an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, signed to continue his career with defending national champion Alabama.
“In golf you’ve got to have that special something … and the last two I had like that were Bill Haas and Brent Delahoussaye,” Riverside coach Sam Oates said. “They just loved to practice, and he’s like that. He’d rather be at the golf course than pretty much anywhere.”
Also at Riverside, all-state volleyball player Bella Santoro signed with Wofford College; Richard DeMatos signed to play lacrosse at NCAA Division II Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University; and Andrew Delahunty of the Warriors’ state championship swim team announced he would join the program Denison (Ohio) University, an NCAA Division III power.
At Blue Ridge, Ross Mathis, a two-time Class AAA all-state selection, signed to play women’s basketball at Division II Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University. A three-year starter, Mathis has amassed 1,333 points, 296 rebounds, 214 assists and 110 steals for the Tigers.
Three members of the Tigers’ baseball team signed scholarships: pitcher-outfielder John Mason Reynolds and pitcher Robert Westenreider with Newberry College and infielder Alex Williams with Spartanburg Methodist College.
Reynolds posted a 4-2 record over the last two seasons, including 3-1 with 24 strikeouts in 26 innings and a 2.08 ERA as a junior. At the plate he has 38 hits and 24 RBIs over the last two seasons.
The left-handed Westenreider was an all-region choice last season after posting a 5-2 mark with 56 strikeouts in 50 innings. He has 112 strikeouts in 95 innings over the last two seasons.
Williams, a three-year starter, was all-state last year after batting .425 with 20 runs scored and nine stolen bases. He has a .341 career average with 69 hits, 36 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.