Najha Feemster, who came back strong in York Comprehensive High School girls’ soccer after ACL surgery, has signed to play soccer for Coker College in Hartsville.
Feemster made it official in a signing ceremony in the media center. Accompanied by her grandmother, Frances Feemster, aunt, Erica Feemster, and her uncle, Le’enerne Crawford, Feemster talked about her first visit to the Coker College campus.
“It’s a very nice campus, a beautiful campus and a nice community,” she said. “It reminded me a lot of York. It made me feel I would be in good hands when I got down there.”
YCHS girls’ soccer coach Dave Prescott lauded the two-sport athlete, who also played basketball for Paula Blackwell’s Lady Cougars until the ACL injury took her out of the lineup.
“Najha is a great athlete,” said Prescott. “She’s got a great heart. She did a lot better than people thought she would coming back from the ACL injury.”
Prescott said Feemster approached him after basketball last season. “She told me she was gonna dedicate everything to soccer,” he said. “”She said she had an interest in playing college soccer.
He said he contacted some colleges and they came to see Feemster play.
“They were very impressed with her athleticism and speed,” Prescott said. “She’s working to refine her technique and coming along well. I look forward to seeing her play at the college level.”
Feemster said she worked through her injury to play basketball and soccer.
“I was able to come back from the injury and had an amazing soccer season,” she said. “It’s gonna be a challenge competing at the college level. I believe with the right set of mind and the right attitude, I’ll be able to face the challenge.”
YCHS athletic director Steve Boyd said Feemster is the ninth athlete from the school to sign to play at the college level.
“I am proud of you,” Boyd told her. “We will miss you and wish you well as you play soccer and pursue a college education.”
Prescott talked about the qualities he feels will allow Feemster to be successful at the next level.
“Najha has great character, remarkable self-discipline and tremendous drive,” he said. “If she didn’t have all of these qualities, she wouldn’t have come back from ACL surgery the way she did.
“She had the dedication and the drive to make herself healthy and to get better.”
In addition to her athletic ability, Feemster sang the national anthem at several home basketball games. “I sang it for my teammates and for the people of the community,” she said.