The way Clayton Reed sees it, Hilton Head High has a pretty good thing going. And he's not ready to see it come to an end just yet.
A senior goalie on the Seahawks lacrosse team, Reed ensured it doesn't have to -- well, at least not completely.
Reed signed a letter of intent to attend Mars Hill College on a scholarship, where he will join a trio of his senior teammates -- Charlie Jackson, Yannie Reynecke and Nick Roberts -- to play NCAA Division II lacrosse.
"The deciding factor was my three buddies going there," Reed said. "... As far as college life, it should make things a lot easier. That's why we wanted to stick together."
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Reed has played goalie since the seventh grade and has been the Seahawks' goalie for three seasons. He was named to the S.C. Lacrosse League's second team all-state after helping the Seahawks reach the Lower State finals.
Name: Clayton Reed
High school: Hilton Head High
High school coach: Joe Monmonier
College: Mars Hill (N.C.) College
Probable major: Physical Education
About Mars Hill College: Mars Hill College is an NCAA Division II lacrosse program. The Lions began their spring season two weeks ago, coach Sean Woods' fifth year.
Why Mars Hill College? "The thing I really like about it is they have an amazing goalie that will be a senior when I'm a freshman," Reed said. "So I'll have a year to learn the speed of the game. That's what I was looking for."
Other schools considered: Lees-McRae (N.C.), Queens University (N.C.), Ithaca College (N.Y.)
Other high school sports played: None
Accolades: Second team all-state goalie in 2010