Five area athletes make college decisions
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
High school signings
School: Cornerstone Academy
Position: Outside hitter
College chosen: Point University (Ga.)
Other schools considered: Liberty, Clearwater Christian College, Palm Beach Atlantic
Stats: Second-team all-area with 172 kills, 175 service points, 47 aces, 252 digs and 20 blocks for the Class 2A regional finalists.
Quotable: “I liked the small-town setting. I also liked the coach. He was awesome. The girls were great. It is just super country out there. There is a lot of fishing and mudding. It kind of fit my personality. I'm definitely going to miss Tori, playing with my best friend. I am going to miss coach (Stephanie) Wyatt. She was something else. We had a lot of good times.”— Bridgette Cook
School: Cornerstone Academy
Position: Middle blocker/setter
College chosen: Trinity Christian College (Ill.)
Other schools considered: Calvin College (Mich.), St. Leo University, Hope College (Mich.)
Stats: Two-time first-team all-area with 234 kills, 254 digs, 200 assists, 54 service aces, 31 blocks in her senior season for the Class 2A regional finalists.
Quotable: ”My parents met there (Trinity Christian) and got married there actually. I have a family that lives close by. I really liked the team and the coach. I had a really good time (at Cornerstone), because I was playing with Bridgette, who also signed with me. We have been best friends our entire volleyball career, so it is really great to play with your best friend. And I will miss my coaches, who are my favorite people in the world.” — Tori Mantel
School: Santa Fe
Sport: Football/track and field
Position: Running back/shot put
College chosen: Clark-Atlanta University (Ga.)
Other schools considered: Webber International, USF
Stats: Honorable mention all-area in football, rushing for 800 yards with five touchdowns for the Raiders. Placed sixth in shot put (51-6) at the Class 2A state track and field meet in Jacksonville last week.
Quotable: ”It's a great feeling. It is just an honor to further my education and get to play ball at the next level. I will try to compete in track as well. Finishing sixth at state (in shot put) was pretty exciting. I will remember the great staff here at Santa Fe, the student body. It was just great here.”— Damien Johnson
Position: Right side hitter
College chosen: The State University of New York-College at Geneseo
Other schools considered: University of Rochester (N.Y.), Allegheny College (Pa.), McDaniel College (Md.), Kalamazoo College (Mich.), SUNY Brockport, West Virginia University
Stats: Second-team all-area with 237 kills, 145 digs, 132 service points, 43 aces, 43 assists and 27 blocks for the Class 5A regional quarterfinalists. Holds a 4.54 GPA.
Quotable: ”Geneseo is known very well academically. Plus, they have volleyball. I plan to major in biology and minor in environmental science. I visited other schools. When I was there I realized that was a place I wanted to be. I have family near there, and we have a lake house up there so I'm pretty excited.”— Emma Lannon
School: P.K. Yonge
College chosen: Southeastern University (Lakeland)
Other schools considered: Brunswick Community College (N.C.), Webber International
Stats: Averaged 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds a game for the Class 3A regional finalists.
Quotable: ”I liked the coaching staff and the players there. And I really liked the campus. The coaching staff really made me feel like they wanted me.”— Tiara Young