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Grovetown athletes ink scholarships

Posted: May 15, 2013 - 12:06am
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Photo by Barry PaschalFellow Grovetown High School baseball players join Hunter McBride as he signs a letter of intent to play for Brevard College.  Photo by Barry PaschalFellow Grovetown High School baseball players join Hunter McBride as he signs a letter of intent to play for Brevard College.
Photo by Barry PaschalFellow Grovetown High School baseball players join Hunter McBride as he signs a letter of intent to play for Brevard College.
Photo by Barry PaschalFellow Grovetown High School baseball players join Hunter McBride as he signs a letter of intent to play for Brevard College.

Two athletes from different sports shared a common bond Friday when they signed college scholarship letters of intent
at Grovetown High School.

Hunter McBride, who signed to play baseball for Brevard College, and Josalyn Leverett-Scott, who signed to play basketball for Albany State University, are among the first graduating class to attend all four years of high school at Grovetown.

“I’m very pleased,” Leverett-Scott said. “Grovetown has afforded me many opportunities with the teachers and coaches, and I’m very proud,” she said.

Signing with Division II Albany State sends her to a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference school with a strong record in basketball, and she’ll do well there, predicted Grovetown coach Jamie Echols.

“They’re going to be getting someone who’s just about pure energy and can just about force her will on the court,” said Echols, calling Leverett-Scott the team’s leader.

“She brings a great amount of hustle, a great amount of energy, a great amount of passion to the game,” Echols said. “And as good as she is on the court, she’s 10 times better off the court. Super personality, super student. I’ve got an 11-year-old daughter, and Josalyn is her hero.”

While she excels in defense and rebounding, she’ll switch to guard in college to better use her relatively small size and greater quickness and agility.

“I’ll be in the gym shooting jump shots this summer, she said. “My height is really short compared to them.” She plans to study business and marketing, Leverett-Scott said.

Height is much less of an issue for pitcher McBride, a huge presence on the mound for the Warriors at 6’4”, 280 pounds.

“He’s probably one of the hardest workers I’ve ever had,” said baseball coach Michael Jones. “He’s definitely been a cornerstone of our program since Day 1. He’s a person who truly and generally cares about what he does, he’s passionate about what he does, and they’re going to be getting not just a winner on the field, but a winner in life.”

A hard-throwing pitcher who worked through a season-ending elbow injury in 2012, McBride said that experience inspired him to work toward becoming a physical therapist.

Brevard, a private, United Methodist Church-affiliated college in the mountains of North Carolina, attracted McBride because of its small campus and small classes, and its spiritual atmosphere.

“Getting the win is awesome, but if you can’t play in God’s name, then you’ve got nothing to play for,” he said.

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