FORT MILL — During a week they will never forget, six more members of the Fort Mill High Class of 2013 made it a little more special by signing to play college athletics next season.
Wrestler Nick Leitten, baseball player Josh Turner, softball player Hyatt Causby, lacrosse player Karah Huntsinger and soccer players Meaghan Stevens and David Allmendinger all signed during graduation week to play their sports at the next level.
Leitten, 18, probably the most well-known of the group, will be taking his skill on the wrestling mat to Limestone College. Leitten, who finished fourth all time in wins in Jackets history with 140 in just three years and 160 for his career (he wrestled his freshman year at Clover High School), picked Limestone over Appalachian State University, Coker College and Newberry College.
It felt like a family there, he said. Everybody is going to be on the same level. Its just as intense there.
Leitten plans on majoring in business and will be wrestling in the 149-pound weight class. This past year he won the state championship for Fort Mill at 145 pounds.
Turner, 18, will also be heading to Limestone College, but will be taking his talents to the baseball diamond.
I liked the coaches there the best, he said.
Turner hit .267 with a home run and 20 RBIs for Fort Mill during his senior season. Unsure of where he may play, Turner said he most likely will be used as a utility player. He said he jumped at the early offer he got from Limestone and really didnt consider any others.
He plans on majoring in sports management.
Softball player Hyatt Causby will be heading to Belmont-Abbey College to continue her softball and academic careers. Causby, 17, could also be used as a utility player, but most likely will be playing the hot corner at third base. She said she picked Belmont-Abbey over Limestone, Gardner-Webb University and Guilford College because of the coaches and the program.
They are rebuilding the program and I like the coach and I like how she runs the program, Causby said.
She plans on being a pharmacy major.
Another Lady Jacket who will be playing college sports is Karah Huntsinger, 18. Huntsinger will be playing lacrosse for Coker College.
I really liked the campus and I thought it was a real pretty school, she said. I liked the coach. She seems to really care about her players.
Huntsinger picked Coker over Belmont-Abbey, Limestone and Columbia College. She will be a communications major.
Joining Huntsinger at Coker will be soccer player Meaghan Stevens, 18, who will be playing the midfield/forward position and majoring in biology.
The small school atmosphere really caught me, she said. I really loved the school.
Stevens said she choose the school over several others, including Spartanburg Methodist College, USC-Upstate and nearby Winthrop University.
The other soccer player from Fort Mill signing to play in college is 18-year-old David Allmendinger. He will be playing at Lander University. Having a former teammate there in Austin Blaschke helped in Allmendinger choose the school over Mars Hill College and USC-Aiken.
I wanted to go where I knew somebody, he said. I really liked the area.
He will be majoring in business.