NORTH AUGUSTA — North Augusta’s table of future college athletes was so long, some parents and classmates struggled to get them all in a single photo.
The school boasted seven athletes signing national letters of intent Wednesday, including four to Division I. Three were from baseball, two from girls basketball and two softball players.
Karly Heath signed to play softball at South Carolina and Shaq Bosket with Presbyterian College. Amari Young inked to play basketball at Old Dominion, while teammate Sarah Crews signed with Lander.
Jordan Flanders signed to play baseball for The Citadel, Will Mottel will play for USC Aiken and Brad Golden with Spartanburg Methodist.
Heath’s signing was a long time coming after committing to South Carolina as a freshman. The highly ranked pitcher and shortstop has been a force for North Augusta her first three seasons, including hitting .506 with 10 doubles and 11 home runs while allowing just four earned runs in 81 innings this past season.
“It just feels good to finally get it off my chest and all I have to do is play ball and do what I can,” Heath said. “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to go SEC. The campus is beyond beautiful and I love the coaches. It was just a dream come true when I went up there. It just felt like home.”
Bosket jumped on the scene as a junior in the 2017 season by hitting .400 with 11 home runs while playing strong defense in center field.
Young and Crews were major keys to North Augusta’s undefeated run to a state title this past season. Young averaged 15.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets, while Crews hit 47 3-pointers and played strong defense.
“Today is very special for me, because it made everything seem surreal,” Young said. “I know I committed, but signing the papers and going ahead made everything realistic.”
Flanders, Mottel and Golden were big parts to the baseball team’s memorable run to the state semifinals this past season, and now all three are set to play for respected college programs.
Flanders displayed his power bat and arm numerous times during the run and he’ll take both to the Southern Conference.
“I’ve always wanted to go there since my freshman year,” Flanders said. “I went to a camp there and I just loved it. I’ve always liked the military side of it and I think I’ll do great things there.”
Mottel will stay close to home and play for the Pacers and coach Kenny Thomas, while Golden will pitch for Spartanburg Methodist, a respected junior college program that’s consistently ranked.
Reach David Lee at (706) 823-3216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.