Prep sports notebook: Four more Eagles sign to play college football

Sun News correspondentJune 12, 2013 

Four recent Northside High graduates signed letters of intent to play football in college during a May ceremony at the school. Donte Bryant will play at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Penn. Colby Knighton signed with Reinhardt University in Waleska. Anfirnee Chatfield and Rodney Levine chose College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif.

Bryant said he felt St. Vincent was a good fit because it’s “not too big of a college.” The son of Josephine and Kelvin, Bryant expects to play running back and plans to study accounting. He said he’s only a little bit concerned about attending school so far from home.

“I’m looking at it like a fresh new start,” he said.

Chatfield and Levine expressed similar sentiments about heading to California, but each was reassured to know the other would be traveling, as well.

“That’s making it a lot easier,” Chatfield said.

The son of Ron and Stacie, Chatfield admitted the prospect of moving cross country had not yet fully sunk in, but he is eager to attend school. He plans to study sports management and would some day like to work in marketing with an organization in the National Basketball Association.

Levine, whose mother is Felicia Gibson, is also planning to study sports management. He said College of the Redwoods seemed a good fit considering the way he and the school’s coaches “connected when talking.”

Knighton felt a similar vibe at Reinhardt where he said the atmosphere surrounding the team is “like a family like it is at Northside.”

The son of Cynthia and Greg, Knighton was also supported at the signing ceremony by Kim and Mark Stewart, who helped the offensive lineman through some difficult times. He plans to study criminal justice with an eye toward a career as a game warden or state patrol officer. His more immediate plans for the summer are “to work out as hard as I can.”

Westfield honors

Senior Garrett Brown and junior Gehrig Broxton earned baseball all-state honors from the GISA. Brown won six games for the Hornets while recording 63 innings pitched. He also batted over .300. Broxton was Westfield’s top hitter at .343. He pitched as well, winning five games.

The two also earned all-Region 2-AAA honors, as did teammates William Amos, Dustin Hall, Wayne O’Neal and Evan Williams.

Several Westfield athletes also earned state and region honors for soccer. Valerie McLure and Andrew Smith were named GISA all-state. Each was also named all-Region 2-AAA, as were boys Micah Moore and Bryce Westmoreland and girls Emily Howell, Morgan James and Katie Szakal.

Region 2-AAAA soccer

Several local soccer players earned honors as first team all-Region 2-AAAA after a vote of league coaches.

For the boys: Bryce Struckmeyer (Perry, defender); Daniel Ward (Perry, forward); Ben Albritton (Veterans, goalie); Dillon Garrett (Veterans, defender); Sean Joiner (Veterans, defender) and David Gomez (Veterans, midfield). For the girls: Mary Jan Lollis (Perry, defender); Ivey Johnson (Perry, midfield); Jada Foor (Veterans, defender) and Khayla Owens (Veterans, forward).

Northside Mini Ballers Basketball Camp

Northside girls basketball coach Casaundra Wilson and the Lady Eagles are hosting a “mini ballers” skills camp Thursday and Friday at the high school gym. The camp is designed for elementary school girls and boys in first through fourth grade and runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. each night. Contact Wilson at 777-1025 or casaundra.wilson@hcbe.net

Veterans High Youth Football Camp

Veterans football coach David Bruce and the Warhawks are hosting a youth football camp from Monday-June 20 at the high school. Sessions run from 9 a.m.-noon each day. The camp is designed for boys in grades two through eight. The fee is $70 per camper ($50 for each additional family member). Contact Bruce at 218-7568 or david.bruce@hcbe.net.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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