Five Clover High School seniors signed to compete at college last week during national signing day in the school’s media center.
“We’re proud of the athletes recognized today,” said athletic director Carroll Hester. “Their success has been influenced by the family structure, the moms and dads, and by coaches and teachers.”
Anna-Victoria Thiessen, the daughter of Elvira and Tim Thiessen, will play girls’ lacrosse at North Greenville College.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to play in college and to further my lacrosse experience,” Thiessen said during the Feb. 4 ceremony.
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Thiessen, a defense/midfield lacrosse participant at CHS, said lacrosse is growing. “The growth of the sport shows by the number of participants we have this season,” she noted.
She said her success on the soccer field has contributed to the success she’s had as a lacrosse participant.
“The two sports are related when you consider the movements and cuts you have to make competing in soccer and lacrosse,” Thiessen said.
Thiessen, who plans to major in English at North Greenville, is proud of her A/B honor roll achievements.
Stanley Durkin, the son of Michael Durkin, has signed to play baseball at Florence-Darlington Technical College.
“I am a pitcher and I play some outfield,” he said.
Durkin, in his second year with the CHS baseball program, said his go-to pitch is the change-up. “Sneaking the fastball in is effective when you have a good change-up,” said Durkin. “You keep the hitters guessing; that’s the whole point.”
Durkin said playing baseball at Florence-Darlington is an opportunity. “It opens up more doors,” he said. “I get to show people how hard I work. I’m looking forward to it.”
He added: “I get the job done as a hitter, but they want to use me as a pitcher.”
Robert Schreiner, the son of Jeanine and Thomas Schreiner, will play soccer at Francis Marion University.
“I look forward to elevating my game even more to allow me to start next year; that’s my goal,” said Schreiner, a four-year soccer player at CHS.
“Soccer is a growing sport at the high school level and within the communities across the state,” he said. “There are good facilities here in Clover for kids to play the game. High school soccer is physical, a difficult sport to play.”
Two members of the CHS boys’ lacrosse team are taking their game to college
Rivington Lambert, the son of Jamie Toti and Efrem Lambert, will play for Lynchburg College. “I love to play lacrosse,” said the fifth-year participant with a solid background in the sport.
Lambert said high school lacrosse is an exciting sport for the fans. “There are strong teams in the state, including Fort Mill and Wando,” he said. “Lacrosse is a growing sport in this region of the country. It started in the north and trickled down to other states.”
Lambert, who plays midfield, plans to major in chemistry. He is a trustee scholar.
James “Mitch” Griffith, the son of Dorothy Griffith, will play lacrosse for Wesley College. “I am excited about the opportunity,” said Griffith, a lacrosse participant since seventh grade.
Griffith is originally from Delaware, where he played the sport in his formative years. “High school lacrosse is more predominate up north,” he said. “I’ve been playing down here for three years.
“The competition is good here and the sport is growing. We have enough players for two teams, with about 30 on each team.”
Griffith plans to major in business administration and has received an academic scholarship to Wesley.