MAULDIN – Thirteen Mauldin High athletes made official their college picks Thursday, then celebrated with their families, friends, coaches and teammates who packed the gymnasium.
Four football players were in the group, including running back Logan Edwards (Carson-Newman University), receiver Taz Richardson (Tusculum College), J.L. Mann transfer Nathan Reilly (Presbyterian College) and defensive lineman Zach Starnes (Maranatha Baptist University).
“Logan had a great senior year,” Mauldin coach Lee Taylor said. “He came in at the beginning of the summer and said he wanted to start and be the premier running back on the team. So he worked hard and was a big asset for us. He rushed for over 1,300 yards and upwards of 16 or 17 touchdowns.
“Tusculum was happy to get Taz. He’s college ready, as the coaches put it. He’ll play outside receiver for them. He played inside for us.”
As a transfer, Reilly played quarterback and on defense and special teams for the Mavericks. “He’ll help out PC’s program as a walk-on,” Taylor said.
“Zach was by far the strongest kid on the team,” Taylor said. “He’s so strong, and he always occupied two blockers. I think he’ll have a really successful career up there in Wisconsin.”
Three members of the girls soccer team signed. Newberry College garnered two of those recruits: outside midfielder Megan Edwards and center midfielder Regan Hill. Goalkeeper Sydney Shaw will go to Brevard College.
Mauldin soccer coach Ellen Bullard described Shaw as “a rock in goal.”
As for the Newberry signees, Hill also played center forward for the Mavericks. “She’s an impact player, and she has been a great leader,” the coach said. “Megan has tremendous talent. There was never a weak spot on that outside when she was in the game.”
Of the three Mauldin baseball players in the group, Lenoir-Rhyne University picked up two recruits: right fielder Justin Dean and first baseman/pitcher Griffin Templeton. Outfielder Austin Anderson will go to Coker College.
Dean started as a junior and is expected to hit at the top of the lineup this season. “We’re looking for an outstanding year from Justin,” said Mauldin baseball coach Jim Maciejewski.
Templeton started last year at first base.
“He’ll do that again this year and will probably be our No. 1 or No. 2 starting pitcher in the region,” Maciejewski said.
“Austin has been with our program for three years. He’s probably our fourth outfielder. He works hard, and he’s talented enough to play at the next level.”
Mauldin girls basketball player Khalia Shaw signed with Warren Wilson College. Lacrosse player Hailey Norman will take her game to the next level at Meredith College. And tennis player Ryan Wilson will join the men’s team at Gardner-Webb University.