3 Indian Athletes recruited to play at Collegiate level.

Three Stephens County High School senior athletes will continue to play their sport on the college level after holding signing ceremonies recently.

Alexia Ruiz (Center), is pictured during her signing ceremony with Benau University. Pictured, from left, front, are Mary Rodriguez, Alexia Ruiz, Carlos Ruiz, back, SCHS Principal Scott Kersh, SCHS Track Coach Leon Walker, Brenau’s Coach Mel and Coach Kramer.

Alexia Ruiz will attend Brenau University in Gainesville this fall and participate in both cross county as well as track & field.

Alexia is the daughter of Carlos Ruiz and Mary Rodriguez and has been on the Indians cross country team as well as track team for 2 years.  She plans to major in nursing.

She says she had chosen Brenau for the nursing program before she was recruited for the athletic teams.

“I got accepted before I got recruited. When I got accepted to Brenau, I was thinking that I wanted to keep on with my athletic career in Cross Country and Track; so, I reached out to the coach and by the next week he told me to come in for recruitment and I did,” Alexia said.

De’Undra Singleton (Center) is pictured during his signing ceremony with the University of North Georgia. Pictured, from left, front, are Gazella Arthur, De’Undra Singleton, Dorothea Singleton, back, SCHS Assistant Coaches Colton Bridges and Amonzo Gantt, SCHS Head Boys Basketball Coach Chad Bridges, Assistant Coach Daniel Mayfield and SCHS Principal Scott Kersh.

De’Undra Singleton, son of Dorothea Singleton, will play basketball this fall at University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

De’Undra was a 4-year starter on the Indians varsity basketball team.

This season he made the Region 8-AAAA All-Region team and honorable mention All-State.  He plans to major in law.

He says when he visited UNG, he loved everything about it.

“It was a great fit,” De’Undra said. “I loved the coaching staff, and I let God help me make the decision. I prayed about it and prayed about it, and as soon as I went over there I just fell in love with everything–the court, it reminded me of the Arena here. I just love Coach Travis to death. God just helped me, he just lead me into this decision.”

Erin Ritchey (Center) is pictured during her signing ceremony with Toccoa Falls College. Pictured, from left, front, are Faith Ritchey, Erin Ritchey, back, SCHS Principal Scott Kersh, Beverley Vanderhoef, Sita Preston, and TFC Coach.

Erin Ritchey, daughter of Faith and Daniel Ritchey, will attend Toccoa Falls College this fall and play for the TFC women’s soccer team.  She plans to major in sustainable development.

Erin says she decided to attend TFC and play soccer because it is a private Christian college.

“I knew I’ve always been interested in a Christian College and a private school,” Erin said. “They asked me if I was interested in playing on their team, and I was really excited about it and I think that’s what ultimately made me choose TFC. I think that God wanted me to go there.”

Erin was a 3-year starter for the Lady Indians varsity soccer team, played center defense and was named a team captain.