Greenbrier High School senior Ashlyn Masters had plenty of options when it came to choosing where she would attend college.
Thanks to her remarkable talent on the softball diamond, Masters racked up more than 30 scholarship offers. Masters had offers from several major programs, including Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State.
The amazing thing is that she got these offers despite having reconstructive knee surgery in June, which caused her to miss her entire senior year.
Masters however decided early on she wanted to play at Florida State, and she will make it official Monday when she signs her national letter of intent.
Masters burst on the scene as a freshman for the Wolfpack, earning All-County, All-Region, and All-State honors. She followed that up with an even bigger sophomore campaign. She added Columbia County Player of the Year and Greenbrier Offensive MVP honors to her growing list of accolades. In all she was a three-time All-County, All-Region, and all-State selection.
In addition to her exploits for Greenbrier, she also helped her Junior Olympic travel team, The Atlanta Vipers, to a ninth-place finish in the ASA Gold Nationals in Oklahoma. It was the third consecutive year that Masters had helped the Vipers advance to nationals.
Along the way, she was twice named an adidas Top 100 player in the country.
Masters plans to major in kinesiology while at Florida State.
Kudos to Hill and the Warriors
Grovetown High School completed its inaugural football season with an extremely respectable 6-4 record.
Not bad, considering Rodney Holder's squad basically had three "built-in" losses.
The Warriors scheduled powerhouse programs Buford, Northside-Warner Robins and Fairfield Central knowing full well that winning those games was highly unlikely.
As expected, they struggled in those games, but went 6-1 in their remaining seven contests.
That early success was thanks, in large part, to the play of tailback Seth Hill. The talented senior ran wild a year ago, too. He piled up 1,500 yards as a junior at Harlem, and seemed to get stronger at the end of the year.
Hill continued his trend of finishing strong in 2009. He proved to be a nightmare for Mt. Paran Christian, running for 245 yards on 22 carries. He also crossed the goal line four times.
That performance boosted his 2009 season numbers to 173 carries for 1,410 yards.
Hill is getting some attention from college recruiters and likely will get a few offers to play at the next level.
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