CLOVER — Five college-bound Clover High School athletes were recognized during a Monday afternoon gathering of athletes, coaches, parents and friends in the school’s media center.
Athletic Director Carroll Hester welcomed Clover athletes who have signed to compete in college next season. “This is the culmination of the total commitment of the athletes, parents and coaches,” he said. “It is a fun day for Clover High School.”
Hester said student-athletes have embraced the challenge athletically and academically.
“These kids were successful not only on the basketball court, golf course and baseball field, they achieved in the classroom as well,” he said. “They have been leaders at Clover High School for four years.”
Among the college-bound Clover athletes recognized were two girls’ basketball players, two golfers and a baseball player.
Two members of coach Sherer Hopkins’ Lady Blue Eagles basketball team say they are eager to compete at the next level.
Point guard Aaliyah Knox will attend Columbia International University in Columbia. She is the daughter of LaJune and Hansel Knox of Clover.
“I look forward to attending Columbia International,” said Knox. “The people are friendly there. It reminds me of growing up in Clover.”
Knox enters the next level with confidence after talking to the coaches at the school. “They said I can handle the ball and shoot the ball, which is what they are looking for in a point guard,” she said. “I’ve always played with confidence.”
Guard Alexis Brice will play for Southern Union State Community College in Alabama. She is the daughter of Shana Harper-Brice and Christopher Brice of Clover.
Brice said she felt at home her first visit to the Alabama school. “It meant a lot to me,” she said of her initial visit.
Brice plans to work hard to make an impression her first year at her school of choice. “I will do what it takes to help the team.”
“It’s a blessing,” Brice said of the opportunity.
Two Clover golfers will represent the school’s golf teams, coached by Eric and Lyn Harper.
Jordie Sowell, a mainstay of the girls’ team, will attend Mars Hill College near Asheville, N. C. She is the daughter of Jan and John Sowell of Lake Wylie.
“Mars Hill has a beautiful campus located 20 minutes from downtown,” Sowell said.
Sowell is excited about the opportunity to compete at the college level. “I have confidence in my game but I know I have a lot of work to do,” she said. “I want to work on my consistency before I join the team at Mars Hill.”
“Anybody can hit the ball hard,” she said. “Chipping and putting are what the game’s all about.”
Aaron Harvell, a member of the Clover boys’ golf team, will attend Spartanburg Methodist College in the upcountry. He is the son of Angela and Danny Harvell of York.
“I like the campus and look forward to competing at the next level when I join the Spartanburg Methodist team,” he said.
Harvell, whose association with high school golf spans six years, is looking forward to a new challenge. “I will make an effort to upgrade my game before joining the team next season,” he said. “I will be practicing at a high level.”
Cameron Sellers, a senior pitcher instrumental in coach Darrell VanDyke’s Blue Eagles baseball team’s late-season run, will join the Erskine College team next season in Due West. He is the son of Rebecca and Jerry Sellers of York.
Sellers said he is impressed with Erskine’s academic reputation. “They have the biology major I was looking for,” he said. “Getting to play baseball there is a bonus. I feel I can compete.”
Sellers was the winning pitcher in a season-ending win against York at home last Saturday. He also delivered a pair of hits for the surging Blue Eagles.