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Six Danes sign in Denmark's first signing ceremony
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Four Denmark seniors signed Wednesday to play baseball at Georgia College & State University. Front row, from left, Jack Kream, Logan Delong, Matthew Cassandra and Dalton Hansard. Back row, from left, athletic director Jamie Corr, head baseball coach David Smart and assistant baseball coach Chad Pigg. - photo by David Roberts

Sarah Wilson made history six months ago when she won all-around and led Denmark's gymnastics team to a second-place finish in the Class 1A-5A.

A couple of weeks later, Denmark's baseball team surpassed expectations as a first-year program and reached the Class 4A state championship.

Denmark's senior class continued making history on Wednesday, as four baseball players and two gymnasts signed in the Denmark High School media center to further their athletic careers.

"It's a great day for us. It's the first group to sign for the school, so the historic part of it is really neat," head baseball coach David Smart said. "These first two years are always a year of firsts – first wins and things like that. Like I said, we're fortunate we have a very talented group. They were good when I got here."

Matthew Cassandra, Logan Delong, Jack Kream and Dalton Hansard signed to play baseball at Georgia College & State University, a Division II school that competes in the Peach Belt Conference.

Cassandra was a first-team All-County selection last season after hitting .369 with 18 doubles, six home runs and three triples. 

Kream was also a first-team All-County player for the Danes, hitting .365 with a .526 slugging percentage. Kream also threw 25 2/3 innings, posting a 2.46 ERA.

Hansard tossed 79 2/3 innings and had a 2.90 ERA for Denmark on his way to a second-team All-County selection.

Logan is a utility player for the Danes, who Smart lauded for his speed. It was Logan's walk-off walk in an elimination game against Blessed Trinity that kept Denmark's magical season alive.

Georgia College has won two conference championships in the past three years and is just two seasons removed from a 44-12 campaign that sent the Bobcats to an NCAA Southeast Regional.

"Well, we have a relationship with Georgia College and each one of these guys happened to have a fit for them," Smart said. "It just kind of worked out. They had been talking to them, and we went down there one day and went on a visit, and we spent the better part of a day down there with the coaching staff. The kids really fell in love with the place and fell in love with the program."

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Denmark seniors Chase Brock, left, and Sarah Wilson signed Wednesday to college gymnastics programs. Brock will attend LSU and Wilson chose Yale. - photo by David Roberts

Wilson signed with Yale's gymnastics program, while Chase Brock is headed to LSU.

Wilson's score of 38.800 at the state meet was the best of any county gymnast at the meet. She had a perfect 10 on the uneven bars, which was her second perfect 10 of the season.

Brock finished fourth all-around and in the floor exercise at the state meet, after scoring the highest all-around score of any county gymnast at the state prelims, with a 38.450.

"It is just so monumental, just for the fact that it's the second year Denmark's been open, but the first year that we've had a graduating class, and the fact that we had two seniors that are signing at DI colleges is just so awesome," head gymnastics coach Kaylee Satterfield said. "It sets such a good precedent for what Denmark gymnastics is going to be from now until the years to come."

Satterfield hopes that by sending a pair of seniors to Division I schools in just its second year of existence, Denmark will signal to the club gymnastics community that the Danes are ready to be competitive for the long haul.

"For the gymnastics world, club gymnastics is the main area that they focus on," she said. "So, getting these girls to join the high school team was just so monumental for us, because it set the mark from the beginning that we're serious about high school gymnastics and we will bring good athletes through our program."