It was a happy day Thursday morning at the South Pointe High School media center. Seven Stallions signed scholarship papers to continue their athletic careers at the college level:
Cross country – Presbyterian College
Chris Sacco became South Pointe’s first runner to sign with a college in school history. The son of Tommy and Trish Sacco will run for the Presbyterian Blue Hose after five years in the Stallions program under James Koterba and the late Bob Jenkins. Sacco earned the program’s “Hardest Working” award four times.
Sacco was also a South Carolina Junior Scholar and plans to enroll in PC’s dual physics degree program.
Men’s basketball – Southern Union State Community College
P.J. Heath, the son of Phillip and Luecreasey Heath, will play junior college hoops for Ron Radford and Southern Union State Community College, located near Auburn, Ala., about six hours away.
Heath, a springy 6-foot-4 athlete, was an All-Area second team selection by The Herald, and averaged a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Stallions. Heath said the school offered him after watching him play against Clover this past winter.
“I just felt that Southern Union would give me the best chance,” Heath said. “I’m gonna transfer after two years.”
Men’s golf – Spartanburg Methodist College
Herd opted for Spartanburg Methodist College to keep his dream of playing professional golf going. The school also offers him a start on a fallback career as a game warden. The avid outdoorsman averaged a 39 over nine holes and was the medalist in the region tournament with 153 strokes over two rounds.
After two years at Spartanburg Methodist, Herd, the son of Leonard and Sherry Herd, expects to transfer to a four-year school to continue playing golf.
Football – Georgia Military College
Buddy Byers follows in the footsteps of a number of local players who have found Division I football success by way of Georgia Military College. Jarrett Neely (Alabama State) and Keon Stowers (Kansas) are two such players; Byers hopes to be the latest.
“That’s one of my main reasons why I’m going to Georgia Military, because they put them into the league and good schools,” said Byers, the son of Yvonne Byers.
“And if I don’t play football anymore, I can always go into the military, another branch that could be my future. Either way, I’ll be set for life.”
Byers, a cornerback on the Stallion football team, made 32 tackles and one interception this past fall, and was second on the team in pass breakups with six.
Women’s basketball – Morris College
Ashley Jaggers was making her way into the stands after playing a game last winter when a coach from Morris College called out her name. The coach had watched the whole game, unbeknownst to Jaggers. Her mom knew though, and luckily Jaggers had a good game, as she often did during a season in which she made second team All-Area.
I wanted to stay around here; I didn’t want to go too far away,” said Jaggers, who will study to become a social worker at the school located in Sumter. She is the daughter of Elijah and Beverly Jaggers.
Wrestling – Coker College
New everything was one appeal that led Cameron Pike to opt for Coker College’s first year wrestling program over a slew of other suitors. Pike had interest or offers from Limestone, Newberry, Belmont Abbey and Appalachian State.
But the Stallion grappler said he couldn’t resist “brand new facilities, brand new equipment, and a chance to make history.”
Pike finished fourth in the state this past season in the 138-pound class, won over 120 matches in his career and was a North-South selection this year. He’s the son of Jeffrey and Sharon Pike.
Men’s soccer – Spartanburg Methodist College
Cody Rebh, an All-State performer last year and a Clash of the Carolinas selection this year, will head to Spartanburg Methodist College with the hopes of moving on to a four-year school afterward. The son of Jeff and Connie Rebh would like to end up at College of Charleston, but doesn’t have a huge preference.
Rebh has scored 12 goals and has eight assists so far during the spring high school season, and he plays club soccer with the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy out of Greenville.
Bret McCormick • 329-4032. Twitter: @BretJust1T