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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:

Martin Bouldo – Troy, track and field

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?

Why Troy?

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 I’m ready for the college environment, both from an academic perspective and the athletic perspective of how students are treated there and how it’s more of your own responsibility and athletically with all the resources at the college level. That’ll be exciting.

Martin Bouldo
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