Stephens County athletes sign on the dotted line to play sports at the next level.
Four Stephens County High School athletes were recognized at an area Signing Day ceremony at the Orchard in Habersham County on Wednesday.
First, Carlan Howard signed to play softball at Brenau University.
Howard said she felt Brenau offered her a lot of great opportunities on and off the field.
“I am undecided on the major so I am kind of open to anything and they have a lot of majors to choose from,” said Howard.
She said she plans to play centerfield at Brenau and is excited to become a part of a strong softball program.
The other three Indian athletes to mark their signings at Wednesday’s ceremony all play baseball at SCHS.
Kain Hewitt will play baseball at East Tennessee State University.
He said the program just felt like a good fit for him to continue his career on the mound.
“I looked at all their facilities,” said Hewitt. “They have a brand new turf field and loved all the coaches.”
Hewitt said he plans to study sports medicine in college.
Josh Slate will also pitch at the next level in college as he has signed to play baseball at Georgia Southern University.
Slate said he is excited to join a strong baseball program.
“They were one of the first ones to contact me,” said Slate. “It just felt like home to me and it felt like where God wanted me to be.”
He will be re-uniting with former Indian teammate Ryan Cleveland, who also plays baseball at Georgia Southern.
Slate said he plans to study sports management in college and then pursue a Masters degree in sports administration.
Indians’ catcher Logan Bell also celebrated his signing with Young Harris College on Wednesday.
Bell said Young Harris provides him with opportunities in many areas that he was looking for.
“It is a great college,” said Bell. “I really enjoy the set up of it. It gives me a lot of opportunities to express my full potential in baseball and education.”
Bell said he wants to study biology and eventually pursue dentistry school.
The Georgia Mountains Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized Wednesday’s ceremony.
Georgia Mountains FCA Area Director Steve Pruitt said it is important to recognize these student-athletes for what they have accomplished by advancing to play in college.
Three athletes from Habersham County were also on hand to sign at Wednesday’s event.