The Independence Patriots held another National Signing Day on campus for six athletes who have signed their Letter of Intent to five different colleges and universities. In this group of talented athletes three excelled in the football program, two soccer standouts and one splendid tennis player will compete at the college level.
The football athletes include outstanding wide receiver Dylan Bryan and solid defensive player Chase Rappe who will both be attending Concord University in autumn. While teammate Elijah Beamer a hard charging running back will be attending Saint Andrews University. All three players were involved in the Patriot football program over the past four years and have grown to all make a significant contribution.
The football coaches all had outstanding remarks to say about each player. Defensive Coach Ferguson praised Chase Rappe as a great teammate, an intelligent player, with a good attitude who will be an asset to Concord University. Dylan Bryan was praised by the receivers coach to be a hard worker who brings a positive mental attitude to the field everyday. His 4.7 GPA is also a big plus academically, the All Conference receiver has become a student of the gridiron and is focused on improving his game to attain maximum results from his athletic ability. Elijah Beamer who experienced some challenges during his career certainly worked hard to attain this much deserved opportunity to play at the next level. Offensive Coordinator Coach Van Horn expressed his satisfaction with Elijah’s efforts and contribution. “He has matured before our eyes and will succeed,” said Van Horn.
The two soccer standouts Omar Gonzales will be attending Gardner Webb University and Kelsey Esquivel will be competing at Pfieffer University. Coach Tyler Gibson mentioned Omar was the most talented player on the team, a special player who could play anywhere on the field. He volunteered to play center back his senior season because the team needed to have this important defensive positioned filled. Meanwhile, we are all extremely proud of Kelsey and her accomplishment,” said Gibson. All her hard work has paid off and she will make an impact at the next level.
Aleena Oakley the leader and captain of the girl’s tennis team will be attending Johnson C. Smith University. Coach Spence mentioned Aleena hates to lose, she is a fierce competitor, she would arrive first and leave last at every practice. “Her talent, leadership, and determination was tremendous,” said Spence.
The sports writers at the Mint Hill Times wish all these student athletes much success at the collegiate level.