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Taking the next step: Mount Pleasant athletes sign to play sports in college

Hours of dedication to a sport, from intense practices to long days of travel, led many student athletes to one decision: where they will spend the next four years. Mount Pleasant student athletes signed letters of intent to play their sport at the collegiate level on National Signing day on Nov. 11.

Wando High School

Wando High School celebrated 16 student athletes who decided to play their sport at the next level.

“Make sure that you thank those who have been part of your journey,” Wando’s athletic director Mark Buchman said to the athletes. “Teachers, teammates, coaches and your families. Everybody has sacrificed to help you with this opportunity are we’re all very proud of your accomplishments.”

Boys Lacrosse

Peter Foulke – College of Wooster

Peter Foulke is known on the team as a “tenacious defender” who plays with passion, said Coach Lance Renes. Renes is looking forward to Foulke leading the team’s defense during his final season as a Warrior this spring.

Lucas Green – Keiser University

As the goaltender on the team, Lucas Green’s rapid reaction time and communication with the defense are qualities that stand out to Renes, adding that Green is a staple on the team’s defense.

Kieran Maurer – Anderson University

Kieran Maurer is a defender who plays with precision and he will play a role in leading the defense in the upcoming spring season, said Renes. His focused and motivated mindset will serve him well in college, said the coach.

Girls Lacrosse

Madison Wood – Florida Southern College

Madison Wood is the type of lacrosse player who can play almost any position, said Coach Ed Reckdenwald. “She goes out there and she does it with such perfection,” said Reckdenwald. He said she’s a definite leader on the team.

Ava deLyra – Clemson University

Not only is Ava deLyra the goalie for Wando’s lacrosse team, but she is also ranked the number one goalie in South Carolina, said Reckdenwald. He said a strong goalie, like deLyra, helps the team recover from any mistakes.

Girls Swimming

“Both of these ladies know that success does not happen overnight. They have the self-disciple to put in the early morning training sessions, afternoon training sessions and the ability to sacrifice social activities to reach their goals,” said Coach Cheryl Durden.

Regan Leach – University of Lynchburg

Regan Leach was a part of Wando’s undefeated region team in 2019 to 2021, she participated on the All-Region team in 2019, plus played a role in gaining the state championship team titles from 2019 to 2021.

Mary Shaw – University of North Carolina Wilmington

Mary Shaw, this season’s team captain, was a part of Wando’s undefeated region teams from 2018 to 2021, she participated on the All-Region swim team from 2018 to 2021 and was named All-Region Swimmer of the Year in 2021. She helped lead the team to victory in the past four state championships; in 2020 and 2021 she won first place in 100 breaststroke at the state championship.

Girls Soccer

Caroline Richvalsky – University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Kaleigh Bosak – University of Tennessee Chattanooga

“These girls have overachieved. They’ve been a part of a very reputable program here,” said Coach Shannon Champ. “I’ve enjoyed watching them learn and grow, not only on the soccer field, but socially and also academically.”

Caroline Richvalsky and Kaleigh Bosak, who both signed to play for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, helped lead their team to a state championship title in 2021.

Girls Tennis

Laurel Maynor – Converse College

Coach Jessie Bunting said that Laurel Maynor is a quiet leader on the team who supported her fellow athletes and she was “a wonderful athlete to get to know.”

Baseball

John Bagwell – Sewanee: The University of the South

Ben Bullard – College of Charleston

Thomas Campagna – University of South Carolina Lancaster

Calder Garris – The Citadel

Brandon Little – Wofford College

Thomas Ketchin – Anderson University

“Having six players commit to playing at the college level is a direct reflection of our program,” said Coach Dirk Thomas.

He explained that only seven percent of high school baseball players make it on a college baseball team. He said the factor that makes a good athlete stand out to another is their personal character, including the ways they handle failure.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them for all their accomplishments,” Thomas said.

Oceanside Collegiate

Oceanside Collegiate Academy hosted a signing ceremony for eight student athletes on Nov. 11.

Lacrosse

Cooper Porter – Palm Beach Atlantic

Cooper Porter is known for being a dominant left defensive player. “He’s always kind of the guy who we look to initiate offensive to start the fire,” said Coach Tom Harris. After considering schools in the North, Harris said a beach town is better suited for Porter.

Sarver Adams – Palm Beach Atlantic

“I think Sarver is the poster child of the growth of a player from beginning to end,” said Harris. Harris added that his work ethic led him to becoming the player he is today.

Swim

Kendal Chunn – Georgia Tech

Kendal Chunn won all four of her individual events at the state level each year of high school and led the team to the past three years of state championships. She was the team MVP every year of high school and was one of the team captains during her senior year. “To work that hard to only race for about two minutes, someone has to be very dedicated,” said Coach Courtney Beauch.

Soccer

Dita Gillum – Alabama State University

Dita Gillum helped lead the team to the state championship in 2021 as a midfielder. At 4’11, Coach Mark Meyer said she’s one of the “meanest players on the field.”

Tennis

Gigi Hinson – Wingate University

Gigi Hinson is an All-State and All-Region tennis player who received Player of the Year. During her USTA career, her highest rankings were in the top 100 in the Southern region and top 10 in the state.

Baseball

Caleb Costa – University of South Carolina Upstate

Jacob Lewis – Northwestern College

Joshua Lewis – Northwestern College

“I’d like to invite you all out there to see all three of these guys play,” said Coach Richie McCullough. “I’m proud to be here and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Bishop England

Eight student athletes from Bishop England High School signed letters of intent to play their sport at the collegiate level.

Soccer

Isabella DeMarco – Western Carolina University

Boys Lacrosse

Max Moldenhauer – Centre College

Robert Pilla –University of Tampa

Girls Lacrosse

Ryley Dengler — Anderson University

Baseball

Doom Dennis – University of South Carolina Aiken

Elliott Sanders – Spartanburg Methodist College

Swim

Jill Smiley – University of South Carolina

Cross Country/Track

Annika Deveau – Belmont Abbey College

Academic Magnet

Lacrosse

Oliver Abar – Haverford College

Oliver Abar’s junior year lacrosse accolades include USA Lacrosse Academic All-American, 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Lower State, Post & Courier First Team All-Lowcountry and Long Stick Midfielder of the Year.

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