Local star athletes are finding more and more opportunties to extend their careers. This year, 14 athletes were able to sign athletic scholarships to continue their careers in college.
Every school in the county was represented, though the majority still came from Warren County High School. Warren County had nine athletes sign scholarships, with softball, football, basketball, swimming, volleyball and golf all represented. Boyd had four basketball players sign scholarships, two from the girls and two from the boys, while Covenant Academy's Hannah Griffin signed to play basketball at Bryan College.
Signing day, particularly for college football, always draws attention across the country. In February, locals got a taste of how college coaches come after players when Krojhn Calbert made his pledge. With offers from several SEC schools, including Florida and South Carolina, Calbert made the choice to stay local. The Pioneer OL signed with the Tennessee Volunteers.
Hunter Hawkins and Mitchell Stembridge also signed that day, going to Tennessee Tech and Cumberland University, respectively.
Skylar Youngblood and Neva Tackett represented the district champion Lady Pioneer softball team. The duo moved on together, joining forces again at Moltow.
Ben Sweeton earned a scholarship for swimming at Sewanee, while Bracton Womack and Valeria Vargas each earned golf scholarships. Womack is already turning heads at TTU this fall, while Vargas won't land at Treveccas until August 2018. Bethany Fye (volleyball, Asbury College) and Elsa Eckenrod (basketball, Maryville) also signed scholarships.
After leading Boyd to championships, Trey Cantrell (Lindsey Wilson), Joelah Solomon (Motlow), Morgan DeWeese (Bryan) and Erin Cantrell (Freed Hardeman) all received scholarships.