Back in February, Central’s football team dominated National Signing Day with four football players officially inking with college programs.
That quartet included the state’s leading rusher, De’Vonta Smith (Division I Appalachian State), defensive back Dominique Walker (D-I Florida Championship Subdivision FAMU), linebacker Josh Rivera (D-II Lincoln University in Pennsylvania) and safety Sam Garner (NAIA Webber International).
Those were far from the only signings among the six county schools, however, and they weren’t the only signees from Central, either.
Three members of the Bears’ baseball team latched on to schools in Illinois, Justin Chevalier signing with Spoon River College, a community college in Canton, while Kestler Harbuck and Marcus Rodriguez are headed to John Wood Community College in Quincy.
Boys basketball player Andrew Krienes, having helped Central to its first district title since 1997, signed with Pasco-Hernando State College. Rogina Sameri-Taleghani from girls soccer picked Florida College, a Christian College in Temple Terrace.
Springstead softball ace Kama Woodall took advantage of the early signing period back in November when she signed with D-I North Carolina State, as did volleyball libero Alondra Rodriguez with D-II Rollins College in Winter Park.
Fellow Eagles set to play at the next level are quarterback Jordan Wright, headed to Webber International, plus baseball players Johnny Oliveira (East Georgia State College) and Joey DelGatto (PHSC), and girls soccer standouts Sasha Garcia and Kim Gibson, both going to Florida College.
Abby Oliver, the shortstop for the softball team, signed with NAIA Warner University in Lake Wales. Courtney Reiser will continue on in girls basketball with Trinity College of Florida in New Port Richey.
From Nature Coast, track and field star Kaitlyn Pierce signed with D-I Charleston Southern in South Carolina and girls soccer forward Jayna Tyler signed with D-I University of South Carolina Upstate. Gilbert Delgado and Philip Orlando will play football at Webber and D-III United States Coast Guard Academy respectively.
The softball battery of pitcher Abbey Primavera (Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg) and catcher Abby Marshall (PHSC) will continue with their careers at the next level, as will soccer player Santina Paonessa (Florida College) and track athlete Jessica Osborne (Warner).
Hernando’s football program boasted one college signee this season in linebacker Brad Ellis, going to Warner. A pair of wrestlers inked with out-of-state schools, Codey Maniates with D-III MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. and Harry Williams with NAIA Bacone College Muskogee, Okla.
A couple of baseball players, Logan Flood (D-II St. Leo) and Trevor Vendrone (NAIA Thomas University in Georgia), and two softball players, Kaylee Frascatore (NAIA Milligan College in Tennessee) and Josey Sims (PHSC), are also college bound
Quarterback Alec Cromie was an early signee for Weeki Wachee, going to D-II Tusculum College in Tennessee. Volleyball setter Sarah Asbury is moving on to PHSC, girls soccer player Erika Herzek is going to Florida College, and Brooke Spaulding will keep playing softball at NAIA Edward Waters College in Jacksonville.
Hernando Christian Academy had a signing in baseball, as Will Roberts accepted a scholarship from D-III Methodist University in North Carolina.
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