It was a busy week in Columbia County, with three high school athletes signing to play at the collegiate level.
Clay Singletary, Greenbrier
When he was in sixth grade, Clay Singletary watched his buddy Scott Campbell’s older brother play lacrosse and knew that it was a sport for him.
“Ever since then I was hooked,” said Singletary.
His dedication paid off Thursday afternoon when he became the first Greenbrier lacrosse player to get a college scholarship. Singletary signed to play at Reinhardt University, an NAIA school in Waleska, Ga.
Lacrosse wasn’t the only factor in Singletary’s decision to attend Reinhardt.
“I had several colleges looking at me, and this college had the options I wanted to go major in,” said Singletary, who wants to major in missions or ministry. “And the money was better at this college, too.”
His versatility on the field came into play early.
“He came out as a freshman and was really good, really quick,” said Greenbrier’s coach, Jeff Becker. “He started out on defense, went to middie and finally to attack.”
Singletary scored a Wolfpack record 21 goals and was named the team’s most valuable offensive player in 2011.
Damon Stinger Jr., Grovetown
Grovetown High School football player Damon Stinger Jr. committed to Louisburg College on Thursday.
Stinger, a defensive tackle, considers Louisburg, a junior college near Raleigh, N.C., a stepping stone to Division 1 football.
“After a couple of years, I’d like to transfer to a bigger school,” he said. “Appalachian State (University) is where I’d like to end up.”
When Stinger signed his letter of intent for Louisburg he had yet to see the campus. He said Thursday that he hoped to visit this past weekend.
Still, Louisburg coaches recruited the beefy defensive lineman and Stinger said that was good enough.
“I want to play football,” Stinger said.
During his playing days as a Warrior, Stinger was selected as first team All-Region in 3-AAA.
In his senior campaign, he produced 60 tackles, 13 for a loss.
Tyler Pearre, Lakeside
Friday at Lakeside High School, Tyler Pearre, the Panthers’ first team All-Region 2-AAAA and second team all-county offensive lineman, signed to play with Reinhardt University. The school won’t begin playing a football schedule until 2013.
“I could essentially start four years in a row and I like that,” said Pearre, who plans to study business or accounting and then go for his masters in business administration at Reinhardt.
The 6-foot-1, 260-pound Pearre says he will play on the interior of the line and will start to work on snapping the ball so he can be a center.
“I just want to be more versatile,” Pearre said.
Lakeside head coach Jarrett Troxler said Pearre was his most productive lineman and a reason the team averaged 30 points per game in 2011.