Prep Notebook, Feb. 1: Rebels' Tuten looking at Division III football schools

sports@islandpacket.comFebruary 1, 2013 

Thomas Heyward Academy quarterback JD Tuten is eyeing a pair of NCAA Division III schools.

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Thomas Heyward Academy standout Ryan Day, who rushed for more than 2,200 yards this season to lead the Rebels to a SCISAA Class 2-A state championship appearance, has decided not to play football in college and instead pursue a career in orthopedics.

His teammate, quarterback J.D. Tuten, will play on, however.

In recent days, Tuten was leaning toward taking a partial scholarship to play slot receiver for the Furman Paladins at the Division I FCS level. Tuten had camped at Furman, where the coaching staff liked him at receiver.

But as of Thursday, Tuten had ruled the Paladins out.

"Things changed and Furman was never doing what they said they would do," Tuten said. "So I took them off my radar."

Tuten has narrrowed his choices to two Division III schools, Berry College and Emory and Henry. He would play cornerback at Berry, slot receiver at Emory and Henry.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND TO HOLD SIGNING DAY EVENT

Thirteen students at Hilton Head Island High will sign National Letters of Intent to play at the next level on Wednesday.

The event will be at 5:30 p.m. in the school media center, athletics director Joe Monmonier said.

"We wanted a chance for parents to come so they wouldn't have to leave work," he added.

Quarterback Michael Julian, who will sign with Toledo, isn't the only Seahawk heading for the next level. Cross country standout Jack Manesiotis will sign with Florida while teammate Sean McMahon will sign with the College of Charleston.

Chris MacMurray -- last year's Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette boys soccer player of the year -- will firm up his intentions to play for Georgia Southern.

Ernie Suozzi's girls soccer team, the two-time defending state champions, have the bulk of the signees. Nine Seahawks in all have accepted scholarships, headlined by Emily Crick -- last season's area player of the year -- signing with Winthrop. Also, Faith Lifer is heading to Wofford and Bridget Noonan to USC Beaufort.

Six girls will sign with Charleston Southern and Erskine. Jordan Haughton-James, Kelsey Fitzhugh and Nikki Schoning will all play for the Buccaneers next season while Taylor Bush, Victoria Johnston and Alex Vinson will suit up for the Flying Fleet.

EAGLES GIRLS TO HELP FIGHT CANCER

Beaufort High School girls basketball team will hold a community service event during its Feb. 5 home game against Colleton County.

The event, organized in part by Eagles assistant coach Carol Meegan, will benfit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which works to fight women's cancers. Kay Yow, the women's basketball coach at N.C. State, died of breast cancer in 2009.

Meegan, a former basketball coach at Thomas Heyward and Coker College, has worked for the Fund in the past. As of last week, 110 T-shirts had been sold for Beaufort High's initiative. Basketball players will wear pink T-shirts during warmups and pink shoelaces.

Donations will be accepted during the game.

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