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Today's the day high school student-athletes make their college commitment official. It's National Letter of Intent Day.

South Columbus Stallion Ethan Farmer waited until the last minute to announce his collegiate choice. The senior tight signed with the North Carolina Tar Heels Wednesday morning.

West Brunswick defensive end Alfy Hill committed to the University of Alabama several months ago. Alfy made it official Wednesday.

West Brunswick Trojan Dylan Bowman signed with Liberty.

In Wilmington three New Hanover Wildcat seniors participated in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Brogden Hall. Antony Thomas signed with Livingstone College to play football. Brandon Young is headed to Campbell to play football. Soccer standout Ross Tomaselli is Wake Forest bound. Wake is one of the premier soccer programs in the country.

"I've known where I'm going to college for a year now," Tomaselli, "but making it official on signing day is pretty cool. It's a huge honor to go to Wake Forest, I'm really looking forward to it."

At Hoggard High School it looked like girls night out. Three are volleyball players. Samantha Gates is headed to the Stevens Institute, Alex Miller will play for American University and Brittany Brown will play at Wake Tech. Gymnast Ellen Marion is bound for NC State. Hoggard does not have a gymnastics team. Ellen trains in Myrtle Beach despite the distance between the Grand Strand and the Port City.

Three Hoggard soccer standouts will play collegiately as well. Chelsea Deliberto is going to Wake Forest, Madyson Marshburn will stay in town and be a UNCW Seahawk and Morgan Tilley is heading to the Naval Academy.

"First time I went to UNCW soccer camp I was six years old," Marshburn said. "I've been out there rain, snow, anytime. I'm very excited. Go Hawks!"

Hoggard football lineman T.J. Leifheit signed with UNC Chapel Hill.

John Rendleman will have extended coverage from today's signings on the Coach's Corner Sunday morning at 11:30.

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gymnast

What a shame Hoggard it taking the fame for Ellen Marion. Everyone knows the local school's in the area don't have a program for gymnastics. Give the fame to her and her local gym... They worked hard for it..