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Nation Ford’s Roccia, Mull to play in college

Alixis Roccia
Alixis Roccia

Nation Ford High seniors Alixis Roccia and Connor Mull have signed to play sports in college.

Roccia, 18, signed to play college basketball at Averett University in Danville, Va.

The All-State player averaged nearly 20 points a game for Nation Ford, as well as three assists and three steals per game.

Roccia said she looked at other schools, including Converse College and Pfeiffer University, but said that Averett was the one that pursued her the hardest.

“They were the one of the first people to come see me and noticed me,” she said. “It’s going to be a great family to go into. They were really focused on meeting me.”

Roccia said the school felt like a family to her, and that is what helped her make the final decision.

“Everything from academics to athletics fit my personality,” she said.

Roccia has played three years of varsity basketball, two at Nation Ford.

Roccia moved to the area a couple of years ago from Pennsylvania. She has been playing basketball since she was 8 years old.

“It is a great team sport and its fun for me,” she said.

Mull, 18, will be staying in the area to play baseball at Erskine College. He plans to major in personal fitness and personal training.

“I liked the college and how you are able to get to know your professors,” he said of Erskine. “You really get to know everybody personally there.”

Mull will be playing first base for Erskine, but said he also looked at other colleges for other sports.

He considered going to Newberry College to play football and Limestone College to play baseball, but said the baseball aspect won out in the end.

“I grew up around the game,” he said. “It became my favorite sport.”

Mull has been playing baseball at Nation Ford for four years, the past two on varsity.