Fourteen local athletes have taken advantage of the regular signing period, which opened last week, or plan to do so in the coming days.
The list includes The Sun News Toast of the Coast Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Wrestler of the Year, an upcoming Ivy League baseball player and one of the best two-sport athletes St. James has had in the past five years. The signing period remains open until Aug. 1 and is expected to eventually be utilized by a number of other area athletes who were still deciding their college future or awaiting official offers.
In the meantime, several have already made their decisions.
Carvers Bay basketball standout Arkel Williams fulfilled a commitment to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Community College. St. James wrestler Michael Mewhorter inked with The Citadel. Myrtle Beach’s Michael Calamari signed financial aid paperwork with Dartmouth. Kelsi Bachmann, who has been a Toast honoree in both softball and basketball, committed to Coker to continue playing both.
Aynor: Bailey Richardson, golf, The Citadel
Carvers Bay: Arkel Williams, basketball, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Myrtle Beach: Isaac Giddens, tennis, Erskine; Michael Calamari, baseball, Dartmouth; Chris Timmons, baseball, Rockingham; Anthony Taylor, football, Greensboro
North Myrtle Beach: Austin Bolton, soccer, Coker; Austin Griffin, baseball, Methodist; Michael Genovese, baseball, USC Sumter; Josh Livingston, basketball, Hargrave Military
St. James: Kelsi Bachmann, basketball/softball, Coker; Shelby Spaziani, softball, Coppin State; Austin McCutchen, lacrosse, Coker; Michael Mewhorter, wrestling, The Citadel