Thursday, February 13, 2014
Not lost on Chuck Reedy and Ray Stackley is their responsibility to do what they can to help their school’s athletes springboard into a better future.
They’re reminded of that on days like Feb. 5. A total of 15 student-athletes from the two rival schools were honored for their achievements by the Berkeley County School District at an athletic scholarship signing ceremony. The ceremony was held at Berkeley Middle School.
“Certainly we want to win football games but the No. 1 priority is to change kids’ lives and help them be the best they can be they be in all areas of their lives,” Reedy said. “This is a special day. All of their hard work over the last five or six years is being rewarded. It doesn’t matter if it’s South Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, Limestone, Tusculum or USC Beaufort. What’s important is they can get an education while continuing their athletic careers.”
Two of Goose Creek’s football players are headed to major universities. Running back Caleb Kinlaw signed with Wisconsin and defensive end Kalan Ritchie inked with the University of South Carolina.
“It’s always nice to have guys that are recruited at the level,” Reedy said. “There is a correlation to the success you have on the field and the number of guys you have recruited. Those are guys that are impact players for you.”
The other college bound Goose Creek athletes honored were football players Jordan Barnes (Tusculum) and Evan McField (The Citadel). Baseball players Chris Singleton and Cody Smith are headed for CSU, while softball player Bailey Craven is headed for USC Beaufort.
Stratford had eight student-athletes recognized at the ceremony, including quarterback Jacob Park.
Park was an early enrollee at the University of Georgia but returned home for the event. Five other Stratford football players made official commitments on Wednesday: Jordan Johnson (Ga. Military), Sheldon Reid (Limestone), Tyree Scroggins (Limestone), Michael Simmons (CSU) and Cecil Smith (Limestone).
Softball players Kayli Miles (Florence-Darlington Tech) and Madison Ryan (Columbia College) were honored too.
“This is a great group,” Stackley said. “That’s one our of main responsibilities as an athletic director and football coach, to help our athletes use sports to become a vehicle for them to earn a scholarship.”
The five football players signing gives the Knights 161 in Stackley’s time at the helm.
“We keep track of it and try to put it in our program,” he said. “We want our young kids to see it to show them what can be done. We’re very proud of our kids that use sports to get an education.”
Both Stackley and Reedy expect to have more student-athletes ink scholarships before the school year ends.
Hanahan had six athletes recognized, including five football players. Wide receiver Terrell Green signed at the highest level, inking with East Carolina. Linebacker Lyndon Young signed with Brevard, while fellow defensive players Andrew Conyers and Dominique Lucas inked with Limestone.
Defensive back Marlon Washington is headed for Benedict.