October 30, 2020

Brave hoop, gridiron stand-outs bound for the next level

Braves signing letters of commitment Wednesday at HHS (L-R): DayVin Troy, Kimberly Harris, Trey Wiggins, and Drew Hopkins (Photo: Penny Hood)

Braves signing letters of commitment Wednesday at HHS (L-R): DayVin Troy, Kimberly Harris, Trey Wiggins, and Drew Hopkins (Photo: Penny Hood)

(Franklin, GA) — Four senior Heard County High School athletes signed letters of intent to play their respective fall and winter sports at the next level Wednesday morning.

Kimberly Harris, Drew Hopkins, DayVin Troy, and Trey Wiggins were each accompanied by family, friends, coaches, and other HHS school officials to celebrate the big day.

Senior hoop standout Kimberly Harris is moving on to play women’s basketball at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, AL.

SUSCC has a longstanding tradition of excellence in athletics. With approximately 138 student athletes comprising six sports, the SU Bison competes in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) and is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Harris’s day is extra special because she is also leading the Lady Braves into battle tonight versus Dodge County in the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs in Franklin.

Kimberly has scored almost 900 points for the Lady Braves during her four-year career as a Lady Braves and her post play also has her on the list as one of the team’s all-time leading rebounders. She was just recently named the Most Valuable Player in Region 5-AA for the 2016-2017 season.

She will join three other HHS fall athletes who signed with SUSCC last semester — Ethan Brant (baseball), Ally Harris (softball), and Hannah Sanders (softball).

Defensive standout Drew Hopkins signed to play football at Millsaps College, an accredited, privately supported, national liberal arts college in Jackson, Mississippi founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890.

The Majors participate in the NCAA Division III and the Southern Athletic Association.

Hopkins tallied 83 tackles for the Brave defense during his senior campaign including 10 that were for a loss. He blocked a field goal and collected eight tackles in a win over Central to earn Brave Nation Player of the Week honors and was also selected to compete at the Georgia Southwest Bowl in December.

Senior DayVin Troy’s dream of playing at the next level is coming to fruition with his signing by the University of the Cumberlands.

University of the Cumberlands is a private, religion based college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, with an enrollment of approximately 6,000 students.

The school, known as Cumberland College until January 7, 2005, is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Kentucky affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The university is known as the Patriots, after switching from their original mascot the Indians. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Mid-South Conference.

Troy was a factor on both sides of the ball for Coach Tim Barron’s Braves in 2016. Offensively, the versatile Troy rushed for almost 500 yards and caught nine passes while scoring nine total TD’s.

Defensively, Troy had 22 tackles, an interception, and six pass break-ups. He also scored the game winning TD in a season opening comeback win at South Atlanta.

Senior placekicker Trey Wiggins will head just north of Franklin to play at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. Also a talented punter, Wiggins leaves Heard County holding virtually every kicking record in HHS history including most PAT’s, most field goals, and longest field goal.

Wiggins’ record-breaking 46 yard FG came in the first quarter against Lamar County last October. Wiggins will join Austin Barron (Class of 2016) who signed with UWG last season.

The Wolves compete in the Gulf South Conference at the NCAA Division II level. The Wolves have made deep runs at the National Championship during recent years and are led by new head coach David Dean.

Congratulations to these four Brave seniors for all of their hard work and efforts to reach this goal!

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