History is made with 12 Boyd Buchanan Student-Athlete Signings!
Twelve talented athletes committed to several different colleges yesterday to continue their athletic career. Four of these sports had 1st ever BBS college signings: LAX, Swim, Gymnastics & Bowling!
Among the crowd were proud parents, family members, and friends. One of those ecstatic viewers was Danielle Davenport, whose son Colbe Haddox committed to Murray State and their football team. “I am so proud,” she exclaimed. “This is a dream come true. He’s been working, going to practice, doing what he needs to do to get to the next level. He’s been doing it all senior year, and he’s been waiting for this moment. I’m so proud!”
Ashley Young is a four-time qualifier for the state and southeastern high school championships and will swim on Berry College’s team while majoring in nursing. “I’m really excited. It was special to do this with my good friends and for us to celebrate our hard work and accomplishments,” Young said. “I’ve always wanted to keep swimming in college, and I’m so excited.”
Young isn’t the only Buccaneer who is taking their talents to Berry. Golfer JK Walters, who sported a 4.05 GPA, will also play for the Eagles. He was a member of both the 2019 and 2020 district championship teams and was a finalist in 2021. “I’d like to thank God and my amazing parents,” Walters said. “They made a lot of sacrifices for me. I can’t wait to experience the next four years of college.”
Gymnast Alauna Simms is headed north to Indiana, where she will compete with Ball State’s gymnastics team while also majoring in exercise science. “I want to thank God, because without him, I wouldn’t be here today,” Simms said. “I’d like to thank my family and parents for all of the time and money they’ve spent.”
The baseball team will see one of their stars attend King University next year. Grant Carlton was a four-year member of the baseball and basketball teams at Boyd Buchanan, and threw 42 innings at last summer’s “Best in the US” event. “I just want to thank God for putting me in this position,” Carlton said. “I want to thank my mom and dad for helping me the best I can be, and I want to thank coach for helping me grow as a person and a player.”
Four lacrosse standouts will continue their athletic career at different universities. Pierce Frost is off to Grand Canyon University and Colin Richardson will enroll at Belmont Abbey. Josh Sutton will attend Calvin University, while Matt Malone will continue his education at Benedictine University. “I want to thank my family for supporting me,” Sutton said. “My coaches, I can’t thank them enough. I want to thank God too, because the road has been long and hard and difficult, and without God’s constant presence, I don’t think I’d be here today.”
Caleb Kelley will bowl at Oklahoma Christian Universitywhile majoring in business. Kelley was a member of the bowling team all four of his high school years and made the 2021 TN Sports Writers Association All State team. He was the 2022 East Region individual champion, and had a sense of humor when he addressed the crowd. “Thank you all for being here, and if you’d told me four years ago that I’d be going to college for bowling, I’d have said you were crazy, but here we are. For the next four years, let me get two claps for Ric Flair,” the bowler said to a crowd that obliged.
Finally, three stars from the Boyd Buchanan football team also took part in the signing day festivities. Three-star recruit Karson Gay is going to join Virginia’s ascendant team in the ACC. Meanwhile, Colbe Haddox will major in sport management at Murray State, and Brody Grant will major in pre-law at Washington & Lee University.
“We’re trying to be well-rounded, and to have such a diverse group from swimming to football to everything in between, it’s just an awesome thing,” Boyd Buchanan Athletic Director Matt Pobieglo said. “We’ve created a community, and we want to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments.”
There will be another student-athlete collegiate signing in May as well, with at least 5 other students. We're so proud of all our Buccaneers!
(Reference: Chattanoogan.com, Joseph Dycus)
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