YORK -- Two York Comprehensive High School senior athletes have accepted scholarships to compete at the college level.
Craig Lowe will play soccer at King College in Bristol, Tenn., and Brandon Martin will compete on the gridiron at Newberry College.
Lowe, the son of Raymond and Terri Lowe, is excited about taking his soccer game to the next level.
"King College was my No. 1 choice all along," Lowe said. "I've been there four times. It is a beautiful campus located in the mountains.
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"I was so happy they offered."
Lowe, who's played organized soccer since age 10, learned to play goalkeeper in the early stages of his career.
"My dad got me into the sport at age 3," he noted.
"Craig set his goals early and worked hard at the goalkeeper position," Raymond Lowe said. "He loves the sport and wants to be a coach someday."
Lowe said YCHS soccer coach Sean Coady has helped mold his game, with much emphasis on mindset and focus.
"Coach Coady stresses intensity and desire," Lowe said. "He gets us fired up to play."
Coady speaks in glowing terms of the all-region goalkeeper.
"Craig is always mentally and physically ready to play," Coady said. "He pays attention to detail.
"He's the best goalkeeper and captain I've had."
Lowe is the starting goalkeeper for Discoveries FC, the Division 1 South Carolina State Cup Champion.
Martin, whose parents are Kevin and Lyne Martin and Doug and Rhonda Little, said Newberry is the right fit for him
"I like the school and the campus," Martin said. "They've built new facilities in recent years."
The YCHS standout likes playing tight end and understands his responsibilities as a blocker and receiver.
"I'm ready to catch the ball when they throw it to me," he said.
Kevin Martin is proud of his son's accomplishments on the football field and in the classroom.
"Brandon has worked hard to prepare for college," he said. "He's played football since he was 8-years-old likes playing tight end."
Martin's stepdad, Doug Little, was his youth football coach.
"I am happy for him," Little said. "Newberry is a good school."
Martin thanked his position coach, Emmanuel DeWalt, and head football coach John Barrett for helping develop his game.
"Brandon did a good job for us," commented Barrett. "He is an outstanding football player, excellent student and a quiet leader.
"Newberry got a good one."