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 schools 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 schools history
and helped get Nicevilles pole vaulting program off the
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, Scholzs 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.
Heres what each had to say about his or her special day:
Martin Bouldo Troy, track and
What was today like?
It was amazing, a life-changing experience.
I feel like it was a nice relief. It was nice that I worked hard
to get here and it finally all culminated in this and I can start
my next journey?
There was a lot of factors. I really liked
the coaching staff there. When I visited there, there was a great
environment. I thought it was gonna be the best bang for my buck
in terms of how scholarships and things worked there and how close
it was, all that stuff. I came to the conclusion that it was gonna
be the best value for me.
What are you most looking forward to?
I think Im ready for the college
environment, both from an academic perspective and the athletic
perspective of how students are treated there and how its
more of your own responsibility and athletically with all the
resources at the college level. Thatll be exciting.