By Chris Parsons
South Laurel High School athletics had a lot to boast about as three athletes signed letters of intent to play sports at the University of the Cumberlands.
South Laurel’s Cassandra Johnson signed to play volleyball and softball at University of the Cumberlands, while Josey Mounce and Amy Cummins each signed to play volleyball, as well.
After the ceremonies, South Laurel Athletic Director Keith Gilbert talked about how proud everyone involved with South Laurel sports was of the signees.
“This is a proud moment for our school and for our athletics department,” he said. “These girls have worked hard at what they’re doing on the court and in the classroom, which is what you want out of student athletes.
“Any time you have an athlete sign to play at the collegiate level it’s a big things and to have three girls in one sport on the same day is really special,” he added. “We wish these girls the best of luck and we’ll be watching to see how they do.”
Johnson said the opportunity is something she always hoped for, but never really expected.
“I only played volleyball for one year in high school, so to be able to move up and play college volleyball is really amazing,” she said. “Softball is something I have played for a while, so it’s really good to be able to reap some benefits for all the hard work I’ve put in.
“Even though I’m playing JV volleyball, there’s going to be a chance to work my way up and possibly play at the varsity level,” she added. “It’s a lot like high school in the fact that if you work hard, you’re going to have a chance to move up.”
South Laurel volleyball coach Fawn Greer was smiling like a proud mother during the event and afterward, she said she couldn’t be happier for the girls.
“They’ve all really worked hard and given a lot to the program,” Greer said. “To see them move on and get a chance to play something they love to play, it really makes us proud here.”
As if two sports aren’t enough to keep Johnson busy, she said she has been approached about the possibility of playing basketball as well. While most teenagers would be thinking about the lack of free time while in college, Johnson said that’s not the case with her.
“As far as fun-time, sports is what I do and that’s how I have my fun,” she said. “To be able to get an education and play these sports while I’m doing it is a really special opportunity for me.”
By Chris Parsons
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