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Nine athletes representing four sports from the superb athletic program at Bob Jones High recently inked athletic scholarships. Each sport took a designated time to highlight the athletic and academic accomplishments with signings held in the school’s AV Room.
Four Patriots from the Bob Jones baseball team, which advanced to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs last season, signed their names to scholarships offers. Three of the four players signed with UAH: Luke Pearce, Austin Sanders and Charlie Weaver, while Trey Wingenter signed with Auburn University.
Pearce is a third baseman for Bob Jones. He batted .377, had 16 RBIs with 7 doubles on the season. Sanders batted .333, with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 4 homeruns with 35 RBIs while playing outfield for the Patriots. As a starting pitcher, Weaver posted a 4-1 record with a 2.41 ERA.
Wingenter, who doubled up as a pitcher and catcher for the Patriots last season, signed with the Tigers as a pitcher after a convincing summer league play. At the plate last season, Wingenter batted .315 had 29 singles, 4 doubles, 10 homers with 31 RBIs. Stock piling a 4.2 GPA in the classroom, Wingenter stands 6-foot-7 and earned a serious look from the SEC’s Auburn Tigers during summer league play with the Atlanta Blue Jays 18-and under team. He was the school’s male representative for the annual Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
Jasmine Jones followed her dream of playing with one of the country’s top women’s collegiate programs in the country when she signed to play for the Tennessee Volunteers.
Named as the 6A Player of the Year for the defending state champion Lady Patriots, Jones is currently playing through her senior season with the opportunity to help take her team to back-to-back state titles under the leadership of head coach Tim Miller. Jones indicated she always wanted to play with a superb program like Tennessee and especially with legendary head coach Pat Summitt.
Jeffrey Moss waited until after football season, where he led the Patriots, as quarterback, to an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs. The 6-foot-4 guard signed with Murray State, which Moss said, “Contacted me as a freshman and have been persistent and steady in their recruitment.”
Moss helped lead the Patriots to the state championship during his sophomore season where he was named to the All-State Tournament Team. His younger brother, Jonathan was quarterback for the Discovery Panthers and plays point guard for his school’s basketball team.
Twin sisters Lauren and Megan Butler signed with Wallace State after leading the Patriots’ to a state runner-up finish in the 2011 season. Lauren, who is one-minute older than her sister and wants to study to become an ultra-sound technician, said, “I’m glad to be able to continue playing with Megan as it would be strange not to do so after all of these years playing on the same teams.”
Both girls stand 5-foot-6 with Megan playing as a setter and Lauren playing outside hitter or middle positions. Megan scored 27 aces, 525 assists, 25 blocks and 103 digs on the 2011 season. Lauren posted 35 aces, 185 kills, 27 blocks and added 151 digs during her senior season.
“Wallace State has a great winning program and we know several people who attend school there,” said Megan, who looks to study chemistry and become a chemical engineer. “We took second place in the state this season and we have nothing to be ashamed of.”
“Both Megan and Lauren will be great additions to Wallace State and I look for them to impact their team next season,” said April Marsh, head volleyball coach for Bob Jones.
Abby Guest signed with Austin Peay. The star pitcher for the Patriots spent most of her recent summer playing all-star softball throughout the country. She continues to prepare for her senior season of action with the Patriots, which gets underway with practice sessions on Jan. 30th.