Five Clover Blue Eagles prolonged their competitive athletic careers Monday in a signing ceremony in the school’s upstairs library. Seniors Aaliyah Knox, Alexis Brice, Jordie Sowell, Aaron Harvell and Cameron Sellers all were feted by parents, teachers and coaches at a ceremony to honor their accomplishments.
Knox signed to play basketball at Columbia International University in Columbia. The school first saw Knox, who sports a 3.75 GPA, play for Clover in Charleston at a holiday tournament. After exchanging phone calls, Knox committed to the school.
“They have (a communication program), and I’m going to do youth ministry as well,” Knox explained. “I like working with kids.”
She is the daughter of LaJune and Hansel Knox of Clover, and was supported Monday by a large group of other family members all wearing identical t-shirts that read “Reppin’ the Lions for Aaliyah Knox.”
Brice, another one of Sherer Hopkins’ girls basketball players at Clover, is the daughter of Shana Harper-Brice and Christopher Brice and will attend Southern Union State Community College in Alabama.
“Even though it’s a junior college, basketball is basketball,” Brice said. “I just felt really blessed to play at a level that’s higher than high school.”
Southern Union State coach LeMont Herring was present at Monday’s signing, a good sign for Brice.
“It just shows that he’s really into his players, and that he means what he says,” Brice said. “I appreciate him making this opportunity for me to play.”
Sowell, Clover’s No. 1 female golfer the last four years, will play at Mars Hill College in the mountains of North Carolina. Sowell averages in the upper 70s per 18 holes, but she is worried about the climate change that accompanies a move to the Asheville, N.C., area.
“Asheville’s pretty cool, but if you hit it thin, it’ll hurt your hand pretty bad,” Sowell said. “It should be fun, but I’m just a little sad it’s going to be cold.”
Sowell, the daughter of John and Jan Sowell, intends on majoring in psychology at Mars Hill.
Harvell will play golf at Spartanburg Methodist.
Said Harvell, the son of Danny and Angela Harvell: “It’s a good opportunity to get a good education for two years, and then have a wide choice after that.”
Harvell, who is averaging 79 strokes per 18 holes this season, plans on studying business at Spartanburg Methodist before transferring to a four-year school.
Sellers sees playing baseball at Erskine as a vehicle to free education. The senior pitcher/first baseman will suit up for the Flying Fleet while pursuing a degree in biology.
Sellers, the son of Jerry and Rebecca Sellers, wants to be a pediatrician and plans to attend medical school after he graduates from Erskine.
“They have one of the best biology programs in the state,” said Sellers. “Going to Erskine gives me a good chance to go to MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina), so basically playing baseball at Erskine is just a bonus.”
Sellers, who has a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale, will be joined at Erskine in this recruiting class by locals Tyler Borland from Nation Ford and Cody Edkins from Rock Hill.
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