Four North Augusta High School student athletes are set to participate in collegiate athletics.
Three softball players, coached by Craig Gilstrap, and one cross country runner, coached by Terrel Wiggins, signed national letters of intent to participate in sports at the next level.
Katelyn Cochran, who will be playing softball at the University of Central Florida, is looking forward to the next chapter.
“I’m looking forward to the new and bigger opportunities,” Cochran said. “It’s a pretty big school, so I am excited to go into a bigger program and hopefully add to it.”
Cochran was the Yellow Jackets' ace last year. As a junior, she finished the season with a 16-4 record and a 0.70 ERA with 254 strikeouts. She was named the to the All-State team and was the Aiken Standard Softball Player of the Year.
Audri Bates, who will be playing softball at the College of Charleston, is excited to get to know a new city.
“I am most looking forward to the people around the city,” she said. “They are amazing, the city is beautiful, and I love the energy that the city brings.”
USC Aiken softball signee Kadence Adams is looking forward to building new relationships within the sport at the collegiate level.
“I am looking forward to new relationships,” Adams said. “That’s always been a big part of the sport is making new friends and getting to know new people and I am excited to just see where I will go at the next level.”
Adams hit .400 last season and had 26 RBI and 4 home runs. She went 8-0 in the circle with a 2.21 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 38 innings.
Gilstrap, North Augusta’s softball coach, is proud to see his student athletes succeed on and off the field.
“It's really cool because it will be my fifth year with Katelyn and Kadence. Audri came from Georgia so it will be her first year playing for us but Katelyn and Kadence work so hard they deserve it. They’ve given up a lot of time with their friends to play a lot of travel ball to get to this point so I am very proud of them,” he said. “...I am just really happy for them and their parents for all of the time that they’ve put in.”
Alyssa Sabean, who signed with Lander University for cross country and track, agrees and is thankful for her time as a Yellow Jacket.
“I started here last year and I’ve just found almost instantly a really good team with track and cross country,” Sabean said. “So just the team spirit with them has just really helped me these past two seasons.”
The student athletes signed their letters of intent surrounded by their families and friends in the North Augusta High School main office on Nov. 11. The softball student-athletes will start their senior seasons in the spring.