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Birozes among three signees at Pinecrest Academy

POSTED: February 5, 2014 11:13 p.m.
 

Pinecrest Academy seniors Christopher Birozes (football), Kristen Rocko (tennis) and Amanda Boyd (soccer) all signed athletic scholarships on Wednesday, highlighting an exciting day for Paladin sports.

Birozes signed to play for Wingate University, where he’s expected to contend for the Bulldogs’ starting punter job as a freshman. While he’s known for quite some time where he wanted to attend, making it official proved to be a big relief.

“It’s like taking a weight off my shoulders,” Birozes said. “I know where I’m going to go, and it’s a good feeling all around.”

Wingate’s starting punter from 2013 will graduate before next football season, opening a window for Birozes to step in and make an immediate impact with the Bulldogs.

Ranked as the No. 13 best punter in the nation, Birozes was drawn to Wingate for various reason—two being academics and the faith of the school’s coaches.

“[Wingate] has all of the academic programs I’m interested in,” he said. “And with me being Catholic, I like that the head coach and quite a few guys on the staff are Catholic. That plays a role. They’re all nice guys and I look forward to working with them.”

In preparation for his freshman campaign, Birozes will be kicking four to six days a week and intensify his workout regimen.

Rocko, who signed with Cawtawba College in Salisbury, N.C., also expressed relief in putting pen to paper.

“It feels great,” she said. “This is exciting to sign in front of everyone. The team and the coach [at Catawba] made this the right decision. It felt handpicked for me.”

Rocko believes Cawtawba was the right fit for her because of the dedication of head coach Jeff Childress. Throughout the recruiting process, Childress kept tabs on Rocko, asking her about school, her workout program and expressed how much he wanted her on his team.

With signing day in the rearview mirror, Rocko can breathe easy and continue her development without many distractions.

“Now I’m ready to take everything to the next step,” she said. “I’m no longer only in this high school zone. I have the tools to do well and I’m looking forward to everything that’s ahead.”

Boyd knew she wanted to go to Georgia Southern regardless of whether or not she could play soccer. After meeting with the school’s head coach, however, both parties realized she would be a great fit on the team, and she subsequently committed.

Even though she joined the recruiting game late, Boyd was able to find the right fit for her.

“I’m just excited to get started, to get in shape and ready to play,” she said. “I’m just going to take everything I can for a good experience.”

Birozes signed to play for Wingate University, where he’s expected to contend for the Bulldogs’ starting punter job as a freshman. While he’s known for quite some time where he wanted to attend, making it official proved to be a big relief.

“It’s like taking a weight off my shoulders,” Birozes said. “I know where I’m going to go, and it’s a good feeling all around.”

Wingate’s starting punter from 2013 will graduate before next football season, opening a window for Birozes to step in and make an immediate impact with the Bulldogs.

Ranked as the No. 13 best punter in the nation, Birozes was drawn to Wingate for various reason—two being academics and the faith of the school’s coaches.

“[Wingate] has all of the academic programs I’m interested in,” he said. “And with me being Catholic, I like that the head coach and quite a few guys on the staff are Catholic. That plays a role. They’re all nice guys and I look forward to working with them.”

In preparation for his freshman campaign, Birozes will be kicking four to six days a week and intensify his workout regimen.

Rocko, who signed with Cawtawba College in Salisbury, N.C., also expressed relief in putting pen to paper.

“It feels great,” she said. “This is exciting to sign in front of everyone. The team and the coach [at Catawba] made this the right decision. It felt handpicked for me.”

Rocko believes Cawtawba was the right fit for her because of the dedication of head coach Jeff Childress. Throughout the recruiting process, Childress kept tabs on Rocko, asking her about school, her workout program and expressed how much he wanted her on his team.

With signing day in the rearview mirror, Rocko can breathe easy and continue her development without many distractions.

“Now I’m ready to take everything to the next step,” she said. “I’m no longer only in this high school zone. I have the tools to do well and I’m looking forward to everything that’s ahead.”

Boyd knew she wanted to go to Georgia Southern regardless of whether or not she could play soccer. After meeting with the school’s head coach, however, both parties realized she would be a great fit on the team, and she subsequently committed.

Even though she joined the recruiting game late, Boyd was able to find the right fit for her.

“I’m just excited to get started, to get in shape and ready to play,” she said. “I’m just going to take everything I can for a good experience.”

 

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