WLTX is ALL OVER the Midlands today covering Signing Day, but here are some quick updates to tide you over until our 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts with all the highlights!
At Dutch Fork, the big news was that S.C. Mr. Football Matt Colburn has narrowed his list to three schools — Marshall,Georgia Southern and Wake Forest. He expects to sign with one of the three next Wednesday and says they are all equal at this point.
Colburn had been a University of Louisville commitment since June, but the Cardinals revoked their offer on Monday, shocking Colburn, the Dutch Fork community and beyond. WLTX’s Ron Aiken spoke to Colburn, and that interview will air tonight and be up online today.
From Dutch Fork, safety Lane Ecton signed with Georgia Southern, kicker Tyler Bass signed with Georgia Southern, cornerback Chris Parrott signed with S.C. State and defensive back Jeremy Addison signed with Catawba.
According to B-L Athletic Director, Gary Phillips, this is the largest number of young men that BLHS has ever had sign athletic scholarships with colleges in a single year. Earlier this year, BLHS has also had two young ladies sign to play sports at colleges in the state next year. Jill Derrick will play softball at Winthrop and Bailey Dawkins will be a member of the Columbia College track team. With only 104 seniors, this percentage of students receiving college scholarships is amazing.
According to BLHS head football coach, Perry Woolbright, BLHS will also have two more football players sign to play at the college level very soon.
Congratulations to each of these deserving young men and thanks to Coach Woolbright and his staff and to soccer coaches Shane Bryant and Marshall Harvey for helping these young men achieve their goals.
Spencer Hancock – Soccer Scholarship – Francis Marion University – majoring in Sports Journalism/Mass Communications
Seated: Terry Hancock, Spencer Hancock, Dean Hancock
Standing: Gary Phillips, Marshall Harvey, Sandra Fulmer, Bud Roberts, Skyler Hancock and Pat Padgett
Dontavious Morris – Football Scholarship – Limestone College – majoring in Health Care Administration
Seated: Shantay Elliott, Dontavious Morris, Kailyn Morris, Kenneth Morris, Jr., Sandra Brown
Standing: Gary Phillips, Kendaishia Morris, Perry Woolbright, Pat Padgett
Dashun Stroman – Football Scholarship – Newberry College – majoring in Business
Seated: Tanjie Stroman, Dashun Stroman, Bobby Hendley
Standing: Gary Phillips, Chris Lewis, Summer Morris, Perry Woolbright, Tinasja Gray, Tray Stroman, Pat Padgett
Donte’ Johnson – Football Scholarship – Palmetto Prep – majoring in Criminal Justice
Seated: Marnie Pickens, Donte’ Stroman, Mary Pickens
Standing: Nathan Dorton, Gary Phillips, Wes Dorton, Perry Woolbright, Jasmine Lomax, K.J. Johnson, Pat Padgett
Paul McKiever – Football Scholarship – SC State/Georgia Military – majoring in Computer Science
Blythewood High School recognized seven seniors who have accepted offers to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level. Kevin Anderson (football), Walter Ballentine (baseball), Hassan Belton (football), Hannah Cowan (soccer), Zavion Holmes (football), Dominique Lemon (football), and Hunter Lomas (baseball) all signed scholarship offers Wednesday at the high school. The athletes were joined by their parents, friends, and high school coaches as they announced their future college plans.
Football player Kevin Anderson, son of James Richardson and Sandra Anderson, signed his national letter of intent to play for the Fairmont State University Falcons in Fairmont, West Virginia. Anderson played defensive line for head coach Dan Morgan at Blythewood. Anderson recorded 71 tackles and four sacks for the Bengals in his senior year.
Baseball player, Walter Ballentine, son of Dennis and Kellie Ballentine, signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster next year. Ballentine is a shortstop for head coach Barry Mizzell at Blythewood. Ballentine’s junior season saw him earn All-Region honors for the region champion Bengals and was named the team’s Defensive MVP.
Football player Hassan Belton, son of Patrick and Monica Belton, signed his national letter of intent to play for the Western Carolina University Catamounts in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Belton has been a starting linebacker for head coach Dan Morgan the last two years at Blythewood. Belton holds the school record for most tackles in a game with 24 and has been named to the All-Region team each of the last two years. The linebacker was selected to represent South Carolina in the 2014 Shrine Bowl Game, where he earned Defensive MVP honors for the Sandlapper squad after recording 14 tackles and recovered a fumble.
Football player Zavion Holmes, son of Zipporiah Allen, has signed a scholarship offer to play for the Tusculum College Pioneers in Greenville, Tennessee. Holmes was a linebacker for head coach Dan Morgan at Blythewood. A team captain in 2014, Holmes recorded 116 tackles for the Bengals in addition to three sacks and two interceptions. Holmes, who carries a 4.326 grade point average, was named to the All-Region team in 2014 for his efforts.
Football player Dominique Lemon, son of Dion and Stephanie Lemon, has signed to play for the Wofford College Terriers in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Lemon was a defensive back for head coach Dan Morgan at Blythewood. Lemon, an All-Region selection in 2014, finished his career with 151 tackles and five interceptions. Lemon served as a return specialist for the Bengals, accumulating 427 kickoff return yards and 284 punt return yards with a touchdown. Lemon has also been on the All-A Honor Roll and A/B Honor Roll in his time at Blythewood.
2014- 2015 WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL’S COMMITMENT SIGNEES FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL
- Name: Adonus Darrell Lee, Wide Receiver
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Prentiss Lee
Awards: 2014 North South All Star Player, and All-Region Player
All Time Records: Most Receiving Yards, Most Receptions, Most TD’s, Longest Receiving TD in a Single Season, First Receiving TD in School History
Commitment: Gardner Webb University, NCAA Division I
- Name: Terrell Mathew Vaughn, Inside Linebacker
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Tony Vaughn
Awards: 2014 All-Region Player
Commitment: South Carolina State University, NCAA Division I
- Name: Shanard Recardo Stokes, Outside Linebacker
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Stokes
Awards: 2014 All-Region Player
All Time Records: Most Tackles for Loss in a Single Season
Commitment: Lenior Rhyne University, NCAA Division II
- Name: Stephen Nathaniel Timmons, Inside Linebacker
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Timmons
Awards: 2014 North South All Star Player, All-State Player, and
All Time Records: Most Total Tackles in a Single Game
Commitment: Limestone College, NCAA Division II
- Name: Tyrel Daquan Gallman, Athlete
Parents: Mr. and Ms. Outen
Awards: 2014 Special Teams Player of the Year
Commitment: Limestone College, NCAA Division II
From Cardinal Newman
From Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo:
IRMO – Students at Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo high schools signed their letters of intent on Feb. 4, solidifying plans to play collegiate sports.
The 23 Lexington-Richland School District Five student-athletes were joined by their parents, peers and coaches for events at their schools on National Signing Day. Several other student-athletes from District Five signed letters of intent earlier this school year.
At Dutch Fork High School, a large crowd looked on as student-athletes made their college picks known and celebrated years of preparation. Athletic director and head football coach Tom Knotts said the signing day ceremony at his school was a time to reflect on all that the students had accomplished individually and collectively.
“Dutch Fork was proud to have a great group of student-athletes sign their letters of intent this morning in the school’s new presentation room,” Knotts said. “Before a packed room, 12 student-athletes representing volleyball, softball, women’s soccer, and football signed their letters of intent to the colleges of their choice. It was a wonderful occasion for all involved in this life changing event. Congratulations to all involved.”
Dutch Fork High School signees included: Hayley Younginer (Soccer – Wofford College), Karis Casterline (Soccer – Erskine College), Abby Schmidt (Soccer – Erskine College), Mary Jordan Hiller (Soccer – Lander University), Hannah Liner (Soccer – Anderson University), Lindsey Mason (Softball – Spartanburg Methodist), Lane Ecton (Football – Georgia Southern), Jeremy Addison (Football – Catawba), Chris Parrott (Football – SC State), Jhi Piper Murles (Football – SC State) and Tyler Bass (Football – Georgia Southern). Two Dutch Fork High School students who play soccer for South Carolina United Battery Academy also signed. Rex Epps signed with West Point Military Academy and Rett Stevens signed with Marshall.
Silver Fox running back and Mr. South Carolina Football Matt Colburn, who was told two days before signing day that Louisville was withdrawing its scholarship offer, said he planned to make a decision within the week.
“I have to start from square one, but I’m moving on,” said Colburn, who attended the signing day event to support his teammates. “I learned a lot from this experience, and hopefully this just means that another door will open and a better opportunity will come my way.”
Irmo High School also held a signing day ceremony on Feb. 4. The eight students from the school who made commitments to a college or university included: Holly Turlington (Softball – Southeastern University), Kamryn Kelley (Soccer – North Greenville University), Manny Banks (Football – Presbyterian College), Shamia Thompson (Cross Country, Track, Limestone College), Hunter Wages (Goalkeeper Soccer – Wofford College), Abigail Johnson (Soccer – Anderson University), Hannah Hoskins (USC Salkehatchie – Softball) and Tantalea Jackson (Volleyball – Johnson & Wales University)
“It’s a special day for our student-athletes and their families,” said Reggie Kennedy, Irmo High School athletic director and head football coach. “The event also meant a lot for me. It’s my first signing class and the first time we signed in the new auditorium. We’re extremely proud of our student-athletes here at Irmo and what they’ve been able to accomplish during their high school career.”
At Chapin High School, students, staff, parents and community members gathered near the school’s new arena to support three members of the football team signing letters of intent. Stephen Haralambis, who was selected to participate in the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, signed with Charleston Southern, while Austin Jeffords signed with Limestone College and Jake Lochstampfor signed for Erskine College.
“This is an awesome day for Chapin High School Athletics,” said athletic director Ronnie Wessinger. “I am very proud of each of these young men and what they have accomplished.”
District Five offers a variety of sports activities for students, from football and basketball to tennis and golf. Athletic programs are governed by the rules of the South Carolina High School League.
From C.A. Johnson:
From Spring Valley:
Congratulations to the following student-athletes and their families who are seeing a dream become reality. Seven young men and women seized the opportunity to continue their academic and athletic careers on the collegiate level. Fellow classmates, teachers, coaches, staff and family members filled the main gym at Spring Valley for their signing ceremony. We wish you continued success during your collegiate careers.
The seven include:
Ja’lon Williams, The Citadel, Football
Jordan Williams, The Citadel, Football
Tyler Frazier, Hampton University, Football
Blair Johnson, Limestone College, Football
Anna Davis, Columbia College, Softball
Thomas Agostini, Washington and Lee University, Swimming
Tyler Baker, USC Lancaster, Baseball
From Lower Richland: