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Signing Day 2017
More than 20 athletes from Laney and New Hanover signed their National Letters of Intent on April 19, 2017. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a big day today for student athletes at New Hanover and Laney as more than 20 athletes signed their National Letters of Intent.

For student athletes getting ready to graduate high school, signing day is a crowning achievement.

“I’m finally achieving my dream. I’m finally able to play baseball at the college D-1 level,” Caleb Bishop, New Hanover Baseball, said. “It’s just everything I could ask for.”

The opportunity to play college athletics is not one that can be taken for granted. In order to make it to that stage and live that dream, it comes with hard work.

“I started wrestling my freshman year and I didn’t expect it,” Kevin Saravia, Laney Wrestling, said. “I put in the hard work and got to where I got.”

New Hanover High School had 9 Wildcats sign their National Letter of Intent and Laney had 13.

The athletes from both schools will be travelling all across the country, but the Smithwick twins will be staying right here in Wilmington.

“This year has been really great to have this opportunity and I’m blessed to run for Wilmington.” Haley Smithwick, Laney Track and Field, said.

Becoming a college athlete is a large accomplishment and it could be a little scary for some.

But these sisters are in this game together.

“I feel a little bit nervous to see the transition, but also I’ll have Haley with me so I don’t think it will be as bad. I’m excited for both of us because we both worked very hard and we both deserve this opportunity.”

Laney Signees:

Lacrosse- Elizabeth Peasley- Averette Univ.
               Yaminah Lewis – Va.Wesleyan
               Neil Ehinger- Wingate Univ.
               Finn McGrady- William Peace
               Brenner Woodcock- Averette University
Baseball- RJ Hall- Brunswick Comm.College
Track-     Cameron Smithwick- UNCW
               Haley Smithwick- UNCW
Golf-        Caroline Cahill
Soccer- Sallie Riggan- Brevard
Wrestling- Kevin Saravia- Iowa Lakes Jr. College

New Hanover Signees:

Caleb Bishop – Baseball – Western Carolina University
Javeon Hall – Football – Greensboro College
Malcolm Hill – Football – Fayetteville State University
Lamont Howard – Football – Winston-Salem State
Autumn James – Track and Field – Western Carolina University
Aleta Jewell – Swimming – UNC-Asheville
Jahann Simmons – Football – Fayetteville State University
Jyree Taylor – Football – Fayetteville State University

Congratulations to all athletes that signed!

Comment on this Story

  • Kezia L. Dixon

    DeShawn Ballard from Laney High School is not listed and he signed to Appalachian State University for Track and Field.

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