Five area athletes make college decisions

Cornerstone seniors Tori Mantel, below left, and Bridgette Cook, pose with Cornerstone coach Stephanie Wyatt, top left, and club coach Nick Cheronis of Vision Volleyball Club of Gainesville.

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Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.

High school signings

Bridgette Cook

School: Cornerstone Academy

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Outside hitter

Height: 5-foot-6

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

Tori Mantel

School: Cornerstone Academy

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Middle blocker/setter

Height: 5-foot-7

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

Damien Johnson

School: Santa Fe

Sport: Football/track and field

Position: Running back/shot put

Height: 5-foot-6

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

Emma Lannon

School: Eastside

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Right side hitter

Height: 5-foot-6

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

Tiara Young

School: P.K. Yonge

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

Height: 5-foot-8

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

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