Six students are destined for college athletics after another round of signings at Hilton Head Prep on Thursday.
Seated at tables decked out in Prep and various university paraphernalia, in front of family, fellow students and teammates, the student-athletes committed their next four years to schools both close to and far from home.
Senior J.D. Moore committed to St. Peter’s to play golf. Moore has earned 12 top-10 finishes at junior tournaments in the last year, including five in which he placed in the top five. He said signing his name was a relief, and is looking forward to being close to New York City.
Fellow golfer Isidora Nilsson is staying closer to the island. A member of the Chilean national team, Nilsson will attend South Carolina. She knows playing at a Division I level means upping her game.
“I’m definitely excited, but I know it’s going to be difficult,” Nilsson said.
Sydnee Wheeler, a girls tennis player, will head to Niagara. For Wheeler, it’s a trip back to where she came from, and a fulfillment of a major goal.
“I’m originally from Pittsburgh so it’s close to home for me,” said. “I wanted a competitive school in the North.”
Volleyball player Rowan Baltzley, who has been playing the sport since she was 11, is set to attend Martin Methodist, while tennis player Ellie Zimmerman, a member of the SCISA all-state team, committed to Villanova. Baltzley was another to admit that finally completing the decision process was a relief.
Allie Burak, another tennis standout, committed her next four years to Bucknell, and already is looking forward to the next step.
“I looked at a lot of schools and I knew right away when I visited Bucknell that it was the best fit for me,” said. “I loved the team, the coach, academically it’s an amazing school, and I really feel like it will be a great four years ahead of me.”
Brandon Alvarez, men’s lacrosse, Coker
Madison Pike, baseball, Winthrop
Hilton Head Christian Academy
Trace Crowe, men’s golf, Auburn
Bryson Nimmer, men’s golf, Clemson
Hilton Head Prep
Rowan Baltzley, volleyball, Martin Methodist
Allie Burak, women’s tennis, Bucknell
J.D. Moore, men’s golf, St. Peter’s
Isi Rubio Nilsson, women’s golf, South Carolina
Sydnee Wheeler, women’s tennis, Niagara
Ellie Zimmerman, women’s tennis, Villanova
Heritage Academy (IJGA, IJTA)
James Hammond, men’s swimming, Indiana
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang, women’s golf, North Texas
Will Miles, golf, South Carolina
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob, women’s golf, Cal State-Northridge
Clementina Rodriguez, women’s golf, Washington
Kennedy Shaffer, tennis, Georgia
Keshav Sharma, golf, Erskine
Aaron Terrazas, men’s golf, Oklahoma
Derrick Villarreal, men’s golf, Charleston Southern
Kelly Whaley, women’s golf, North Carolina
Masato Yoshitsugu, men’s golf, Hawaii Pacific
Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng, women’s golf, Wisconsin