The Nation Ford Falcons had six athletes commit to play college sports on their first signing day of the school year.
Two baseball, two lacrosse, a runner and a volleyball player all made their commitments official during a signing ceremony Wednesday at the school.
“This is a journey to get to this point,” said Nation Ford athletic director Dave Johnson. “We are proud of you for what you have done for Nation Ford.”
The two baseball players signing were outfielder Miles Baker and pitcher Liam Quinn, both of which are going to USC-Sumter. USC-Sumter is a two-year college as part of the University of South Carolina tree.
Nation Ford head coach Jeff Stack spoke highly of both Baker and Quinn.
“Liam is one of the hardest working players we have,” Stack said. “I think the world of him and so proud of what he has become.”
Stack, who is beginning his second season with the Falcons baseball program, also spoke highly of the person Baker has become.
“I have been blessed to be around him,” Stack said.
The last of the Scott sisters will be leaving Nation Ford soon. Ella Scott signed to play volleyball at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory. Scott graduates with 1,466 assists at the school, 531 digs and 202 kills during her four years.
“She has played different roles for us,” said Nation Ford volleyball coach Craig Brown. “She is a tremendous athlete. Lenoir-Rhyne is lucky to have her. She will be missed tremendously.”
Peyton MacMillan will be heading to Converse University in Spartanburg to run both cross-country and track. MacMillan’s signing comes on the heels of her setting a personal record in the 5A state qualifier this past weekend running a 20:16 to finish 12th. Her past two cross-country events before the state qualifier resulted in top 10 finishes for her.
Catherine Barhorst will be heading north to the University of Cincinnati to play lacrosse and her teammate Reese Maidhof will be playing lacrosse at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Barhorst enters her senior season with 171 career goals and 86 career assists in 43 games for Nation Ford. For Maidhof, she has been on varsity for two seasons and has 24 goals in 26 games played for the Falcons.
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