Six Clover High School athletes made their college choices known during a signing-day ceremony May 7 in the school’s media center.
CHS Athletic Director Carroll Hester introduced each athlete, praising the college-bound seniors for outstanding achievement on the field and in the classroom.
Two members of the playoff-bound girls’ soccer team are ready to take their game to the next level.
Alex Peeler, daughter of Melinda and Phil Peeler, will be playing soccer for USC-Lancaster. Peeler maintains her passion for the sport despite two knee surgeries and a concussion.
“I am from a soccer family,” said Peeler. “My dad played soccer at Rock Hill High School and Winthrop University.”
Peeler, who began playing organized soccer at age 10, is a three-year varsity participant. “I am excited and ready for the challenge at USC-Lancaster,” she said.
Claire Allen, daughter of Neil and Lisa Allen, has signed to play for Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.
Allen said playing for a successful high school soccer program like Clover has prepared her for a new challenge.
“I am so excited about the challenge of competing at the next level,” she said.
LaDarius Adams, son of James and Brenda Adams, will play football next fall at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Ky.
Adams, who became one of the premier running backs in the Upstate playing for the Blue Eagles, said the coaches are talking to him about playing running back at Pikeville.
“It felt good talking to their coaches,” said Adams. “I like the school and the campus. It’s a small, close-knit school, like Clover.”
“I am ready to meet the challenge and will have the same commitment I had at Clover: hard work and plenty of time in the weight room.”
Zane Vanhook, son of Michelle and Zane Sr., is ready to go to bat for Coker College in Hartsville.
Vanhook, a three-year starter at first base for the Blue Eagles baseball team, said he feels Coker is the right fit.
“I love the school and the coaches,” he said. “The place reminds me of Clover: not too big, not too small.”
A dangerous hitter for the Blue Eagles, Vanhook said he is confident he can make his presence felt at Coker. “I think I have the ability to hit the ball at the next level,” he said.
Billy Angelou, son of Stacey and Bill Angelou, will play on the USC-Lancaster boys’ soccer team.
Angelou, a four-year player with the Blue Eagles, began playing soccer in his formative years. “I am excited about a new challenge at USC-Lancaster,” he said.
Angelou has a way of putting things into perspective as he approaches college life: “It’s scary that I won’t have mom to do my laundry,” he said.
Brittany Traw, daughter of Cameron and Reeda Traw, will play soccer for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.
Traw is a former member of the Lady Blue Eagles soccer team who competed in track, cross country and lacrosse.
She said playing other sports, especially lacrosse, makes her a better soccer player.
“I am nervous about competing at the college level,” she said, but “I feel I have the skills to compete.”