Local student athletes sign Letters of Intent

From left: Anthony Stitt, Marcus Burton, Cierra Burdick, Mayhana Dunovant and Jessica Rappe.

Five athletes from Butler and one from Independence signed letters of intent to play sports on the collegiate level next year. Butler hosted a signing day ceremony in its auditorium last Wednesday. Four Bulldogs signed for basketball and one for softball: Anthony Stitt signed with College of Charleston where he will play basketball for Coach Bobby Cremins; Marcus Burton signed with Wagner University (coached by the Hurley’s—Danny is the head coach and Bobby is the top assistant.) Cierra Burdick, perhaps one of the most talented

Cierra Burdick and her mother.

girls basketball players the Charlotte area has ever seen, will play for legendary coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee; and Mayhana Dunovant will play for Gardner Webb University.  Former Butler girls basketball coach Stephanie Butler was in attendance at the signing last week. She was released from coaching last year after winning the state championship because of what CMS said were recruiting violations. She coached both Burdick and Dunovant all three years they played basketball at the school. She was tearful in watching her former players sign letters to play in college.
In softball, Jessica Rappe will join former Butler pitcher Ashton Ward at Virginia Tech. Rappe has played varsity softball since her freshman year.

At Independence, Taylor Cook signed on with Newberry College in South Carolina where he will pitch for the baseball team. Cook was also a starter for the Independence football team.

Taylor with his American Legion Coach Bryan Bunn and Independence High School Coach Matt Dykema.

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