Three Nation Ford Falcons have signed letters of intent to compete athletically at the collegiate level.
Wrestler Collin Godbout, baseball pitcher Chris Cash and lacrosse goalie Matt Quill will all be heading in different directions come this summer, but they will all be participating in a sport they have been playing since they were children.
Godbout, who posted a 30-9 record this past year and was a state qualifier, will be heading to Belmont-Abbey College to wrestle. The son of Carl and Stacey Godbout, Collin will be wrestling at either 125 or 133 pounds in college. He looked at Limestone College and Cumberland University, but said it was the welcoming atmosphere at Belmont-Abbey that stuck with him.
“I really liked the campus and everyone was very nice,” he said.
Godbout said he is undecided on a major. He has been wrestling at Nation Ford for the past six seasons, since he was in the seventh grade.
Quill will be in goal for Coker College in Hartsville, despite looking at schools like High Point University, Hofstra University and Mercer University. Quill, the son of David and Robin Quill, said knowing the coach at Coker College helped him decide where to go. He plans on being a pre-pharmaceutical major.
“I knew the coach well and felt I would have a lot of opportunities there both athletically and academically,” he said. “I like how it’s a small school. The team really acted like a family.”
Quill has been playing lacrosse for the past 14 years and all three years that Nation Ford has had a team. He had a .597 save percentage in three seasons with the Falcons, as well as 326 saves and an 11-8 record.
Cash will be heading to USC-Sumter to play baseball. He is the son of Bob and Mary Cash.
Cash will be at USC-Sumter for two years as it is a junior college, before moving onto “wherever he can keep playing baseball,” he said. He picked USC-Sumter over USC-Aiken and Ferrum College in Virginia.
“I felt it would be the best opportunity for me to play and get the most playing time out of it,” he said.
Cash said he is undecided on a major and has been playing baseball for the past four years at Nation Ford, three of those on the varsity level.