The Douglas County High School athletic department hosted its annual Signing Day event for its graduating seniors. Offensive lineman Quinzavious Sands signed his letter of intent to attend Catawba College in North Carolina. He is the first Tigers’ athlete to receive a football scholarship in five years.
Sands, also a standout grappler for Douglas County in the heavyweight division, recently qualified for the state wrestling tournament which will take in Macon this weekend.
Alexander also held an event to honor its football athletes. Offensive lineman Josh Turner will attend Brevard College in North Carolina. He was part of an offensive line unit that blocked for one of the most productive running backs in the state, junior Mikell Lands-Davis, who rushed for 2,374 yards and 27 touchdowns last season.
Alexander defensive lineman Collin Giesey has accepted an offer from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Giesey finished the season with 83 tackles and a team-high 10 stops for loss. The Cougars had a remarkable turnaround last season, winning eight games and reaching the postseason for the first time since 1997, which was also the last year that they had a winning record. Furthermore, Alexander won two playoff games and reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
Chapel Hill also had several athletes accept scholarships this past week. Panthers’ volleyball player Nichole Kuring has received an academic scholarship to attend Piedmont College, a Division-III school in Demarest. She helped lead Chapel Hill to a 32-win season this past season and a berth in the state playoffs.
Fellow Panther Shatyriah Crawford accepted an athletic scholarship for women’s soccer to attend Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. Crawford has had a stellar career for Chapel Hill, earning the County’s Player of the Year honor the past two seasons. During her junior season, Crawford scored 44 goals along with 22 assists. The Panthers’ next contest this season will be on Feb. 20 against Westlake.