May 16, 2021

Spring Signings at Heard High

Pictured above at Spring Signing Day (L-R) are Jaidan Cameron, Komari Clark, Tray Dunson, Mack Smith, Gage Cannon (Photo: Penny Hood/HCHS)

(Franklin, GA) — Six senior Heard County High school athletes from six different sports took part in the Spring Signing Day last month at Heard County High School.

Family, friends, administrators, faculty and coaches were all on hand for the festivities organized multiple times each year by HHS athletic director Shane Lassetter.

The future collegiates each received gifts and took memorable photos with those in attendance.

Senior Gage Cannon signed a wrestling scholarship to attend the University of the Ozarks.

University of the Ozarks is a private, four-year liberal arts university located in Clarksville, Arkansas. The university’s 30-acre (120,000 m2), tree-shaded campus sits atop College Hill, about two blocks north of downtown Clarksville. Enrollment averages around 900 students, representing 25 countries. U of O is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Eagles are a member of the NCAA Division III and compete in the American Southwest Conference against schools from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Four Brave State Champion football players signed to move up to the next level.

Mack Smith signed to play for the Shorter University Hawks.

Shorter University is a private Baptist university in Rome, Georgia. It was founded in 1873 and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through seven colleges and schools.

Fielding athletic teams known as the Shorter Hawks, the university became a provisional member of NCAA Division II, and the Gulf South Conference in July, 2013. The official school and athletic colors are blue and white.

The majority of Shorter’s students are from Georgia, with only 6% of student enrollment coming from out-of-state and an additional 3% as international students.

Tray Dunson will be moving on to play at Gardner-Webb.

The Gardner–Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Gardner–Webb University located in North Carolina.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Big South Conference. Gardner–Webb’s first football team was fielded in 1970.

The team plays its home games at the 9,000 seat Ernest W. Spangler Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

Offensive lineman Jaidan Cameron will be playing for Point University this fall.

Point University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university in West Point, Georgia. It was founded in 1937 as Atlanta Christian College in East Point. The college announced its name change to Point University in 2011 and relocated its main campus to West Point in June 2012.

Point University athletic teams are known as the Skyhawks. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Football was a member of The Sun Conference for 2014 and 2015, moving to the Appalachian Division of the Mid-South Conference in the fall of 2017. The rest of its sports compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).

Komari Clark signed to play at the next level for Westminster College.

Westminster College is a liberal arts college located in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1852, it is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The student population is approximately 1,307 undergraduate and graduate students.

The Westminster Titans compete in NCAA Division III athletics. Before moving to the NCAA, Westminster competed in the NAIA for many years. For a brief period, Westminster was a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Titans currently are a member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.

Hadley Sanders (L) will compete on the rodeo circuit for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Photo: Lynnsey Toole)

The first official football game by the Westminster Titans was in December 1891.

Hadley Sanders will be competing on the rodeo circuit next year for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) is a public community college in Miami, Oklahoma.

Established as the Miami School of Mines in 1919, NEO currently has an enrollment of approximately two thousand students. The Golden Norsemen is the school mascot.

The NEO rodeo team provides students the opportunity to compete in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

Approximately 10 rodeos are held in the fall and spring in which students compete for points within the Central Plains Region (KS, OK).

Congratulations to these Brave athetes on all of their accomplishments, hard work and effort!


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