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‘ACTUALLY REALLY UNREAL’: 8 Eagles sign letters of intent Wednesday
By Sam Grubenhoff
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Apr 10, 2019

NICEVILLE — Their stories are all different.

Some are state champions. Some are trailblazers. Some have overcome terrible injuries. Some are fast. Some are strong. Some are simply so dedicated, they have risen above the rest.

Yet they all share two things in common: They are Niceville Eagles, and they are all bound for college on athletic scholarships.

Eight Niceville athletes signed letters of intent Wednesday afternoon in the school’s auditorium, including six bound for Division I schools. Friends, family and coaches past and present packed the room. There was cake, balloons, pictures and smiles aplenty.

A letter-winner in track, softball and cheerleading, Katie Lightfoot, is bound for Alabama as a pole-vaulter; she only took up the sport in the past two years.

Her teammates, Martin Bouldo, Jayda Brooks and Madalyn Kish are bound for Troy, Jacksonville and Mississippi State, respectively.

The reigning state champ in the pole vault, Kish is the only female individual state champion in the school’s history and helped get Niceville’s pole vaulting program off the ground.

Headed for Florida State, Quinn Scholz is a state champion in his own right, taking home gold in the 100-yard freestyle as a junior. Meanwhile, Molly Hansen, Scholz’s teammate for just a year, is headed to Montevallo to join the Falcons’ first swim team in school history.

On the hardwood, Jasmine Griggs is taking her court vision and killer jump shot to Point University in West Point, Georgia, after helping the Eagles secure a third straight district championship.

Rounding out the group, Connor Waltz is headed to Kansas Wesleyan to play football. The linebacker and long-snapper battled through two torn ACLs to get on the field and earn a scholarship.

Here’s what each had to say about his or her special day:

Katie Lightfoot – Alabama, track and field

What was today like?

It was really awesome. I got to have all my coaches and everybody here. It was almost sad because I know I’m gonna be leaving them all next year, and they’ve had such a big influence on me.

Why Alabama?

Well, I went there and I got to meet the coach and see the program, and everybody was just really nice. They just wanted to help me. I think it’s gonna be a great fit.

What are you most looking forward to?

I think just the chance to really focus in on the different track events and keep improving. It can be hard sometimes balancing the different sports and having minimal practice time, so I’m really excited to keep training.

Katie Lightfoot
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