Signings at Columbia County High Schools continued in earnest recently with soccer players and a football player committing to play at the next level.
In a ceremony Feb. 24, Matthew Tran and Eric Preheim signed commitments to play college soccer at Wofford College, and Bethel College, respectively.
Since Grovetown High School opened in 2009, senior Steven Holden has started on offense during every football game.
“Never missed a game,” Warriors head football coach Rodney Holder said of Holden. “He’s a real durable kid.”
The team’s center signed a letter of intent Monday to play football at Louisburg College, a two-year school in North Carolina.
At 5-foot-11 and 270 pounds, Holden graded high on blocking assignments his senior year, said his coach, who described him as a good leader.
In the preseason, Holden was listed on The Augusta Chronicle all-area football team and the all-area football second team in Georgia.
Before making his final decision on where to attend college, the 18-year-old said he was debating between Louisburg and LaGrange College.
Holden said he chose Louisburg so he can transfer to a Division I or II school in two years.
“I just thought junior college would be where I wanted to go, so I can get to a bigger school,” he said.
Harlem High School’s Jade Cotton gave herself an early birthday present Tuesday.
In a ceremony held in the school’s weight room, the soccer standout signed to play for LaGrange College just four days shy of her 18th birthday.
LaGrange is a small liberal arts college in LaGrange, Ga., with an enrollment of about 1,000 students. It participates in the D-III Great South Athletic Conference.
The size was something that especially appealed to Cotton.
“I wanted to go to a smaller college, and it’s really small,” said Cotton, who said she also liked coach Jim Robbins.
Cotton is thinking about studying biology.
As a sophomore, Cotton recorded 22 goals and five assists for the Lady Bulldogs then scored 17 goals with 15 assists her junior campaign, earning all-region honors along the way,
“She’s very good and she works really hard at it,” said Lady Bulldogs head coach George Berry. “She has a good work ethic.”