It was a big day for Greenbrier High School lacrosse on Friday as Brooks Mischel and John McElhannon signed to play collegiately for Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga.
Mischel, a defenseman, and the attacker McElhannon will play next year for the Eagles, who compete in the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.
Eagles’ head coach John Snow made the trip to Greenbrier for the signings.
“I’m looking forward to having both of them,” Snow said. “Brooks (Mischel) is a fantastic defenseman, scrappy kid, and I’m looking forward to having him for the next four years. John’s a little bit raw, but an athlete and we’ll mold him into a very good ballplayer. I’m hoping down the road we can get more Greenbrier kids.”
McElhannon liked Snow and the program, and it didn’t hurt that former Wolfpack Clay Singletary and former Lakeside Panther Justin Wells are on the team.
“It’s easier to go play with a team that actually has one of your former players, it’s easier to get to know people,” said McElhannon. “It’s kind of homey going to play with some old friends. So that influenced it rather than going to another team that doesn’t have anyone.”
With an interest in Reinhardt, Mischel reached out to Lakeside alum and current Eagles’ assistant coach Tom Mudrak to put in a good word for him with Snow.
“He told coach (Snow) and got it all set up and luckily he listened,” said Mischel, who also fielded an offer from Belmont Abbey.
Mischel is ready to compete for a position next year.
“I think I can get some playing time next year, but you never know,” Mischel said.
“I’ve got to fight for my spot just like everybody else does.”