NICEVILLE For seven of Nicevilles student athletes,
the world is about to get bigger, and the lights brighter.
Ciara Coger smiles during college
signings at Niceville High School. Ciara signed with Davidson
College for cross-country.
Nic Nolan, Chance Huff, Ciara Coger,
Lauren Miller, Katelynn Inness, Sydney Byrd and Bayley McMenimen
each signed letters of intent to play their respective sports at
the collegiate level Wednesday in the Niceville auditorium.
Each took a turn behind the table, draped with Niceville banners
and a bronze eagle statue, set up at center stage. Friends, family
and teammates looked on, beaming with pride, as the signees thanked
those who helped them on their journeys.
Three will be students at Power Five schools come August. Huff
signed to play baseball with Vanderbilt. Miller heads to Mississippi
State to join the Bulldogs golf team. McMenimen joins the nationally-ranked
Minnesota volleyball team.
Three more will stay in Florida to pursue his or her dreams. Nolan
signed to play baseball at Florida Gulf Coast University. Inness
will play softball for North Florida, and her teammate Byrd will
stay close to home, signing with Northwest Florida State.
Coger will run cross country and track
at Davidson in North Carolina.
You can tell by their speeches just the quality of not only
athletes we have, but people, Niceville Athletic Director
John Hicks said. Everybody did a great job.
How does it feel signing with Davidson?
It feels surreal. Im very, very
happy that I get to go to the next level. Its a special thing.
The schools good academically and athletically and they do
emphasize both, so I feel honored the chose me both academically
What are you most excited about next fall?
Im excited for the weather and the
new coaching system. North Carolina is so beautiful and its
known for its cross country, so Im very excited for that.