Travelers Rest senior Victoria Huskey achieved a pair of dreams Wednesday by signing a National Letter of Intent to play golf at College of Charleston.
“I’m really excited because it’s at the beach, and I’m ready for my golf to move on to a higher level,” Huskey said. “It’s my dream school, because I love the beach.”
It helps a bunch that her best friend, Easley senior Savanah Goodman, also signed to play golf with the Cougars and will be rooming with Huskey.
Huskey was a two-time Class AAA individual state champion while with the Devildogs.
“Most of my friends who have graduated have gone on to play college golf, and so competing against them at another school will be fun,” she said.
•Likewise for Christian Baliker, a senior at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Another of the state’s top junior golfers, he also signed with College of Charleston.
“The difference between DI and DII is very big,” Baliker said. “It’s really competitive. You’re playing with some of the best players in the world, so you’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game every time.
“I cannot wait, because I have a lot of friends that I played junior golf with for so many years that I will now see at tournaments playing for their colleges, so it’s going to be so much fun.”
• Also at St. Joseph’s, Maggie Milam signed with Kennesaw State University for track after quite a bit of recruiting. But it was Milam who did the recruiting.
Milam, a two-time Class A state champion in both the long jump and the triple jump, competed in an indoor meet at East Tennessee State University in January when she first noticed Kennesaw State.
“I saw this team and they looked really good, and they had really good jumpers,” she said. “I went on a tour of the school, and it’s very well-organized, and they’re a very good team, and I did everything to get on that team.
“I went to their camp, and I was looked at and all this other stuff, and they liked me and they gave me a scholarship. I was set on that one school.”
•Also at Travelers Rest, two baseball players signed: pitcher-outfielder Jason Crumley with Winthrop University and infielder Parker Neff with North Greenville University.
Neff said he looks forward to a coaching staff that’s led by Landon Powell and also includes Jon Coutlangus and Scott Wingo.
“They’re all Gamecocks. I’m pumped up about it,” Neff said. “I heard pro day went really well this past year. I’m going to learn a lot about the pro level of play at the collegiate level.”