Six South Forsyth athletes signed to continue their playing careers in college at a signing day ceremony at South Forsyth’s Performing Arts Center Wednesday morning.
Cross country and track and field’s Savannah Carnahan and Megan Beaty, softball’s Sophia Tapia, volleyball’s Courtney Darling and Giana Frangipane and girls basketball’s Sarah Myers took the stage with family members and coaches to sign the dotted line.
Myers, Carnahan and Tapia all signed with NCAA Division I schools.
Myers, a senior guard for the Lady War Eagles basketball team that finished 25-5 last season and won the Region 6-AAAAAA title , committed to Maryland, coached by Brenda Frese, three years ago. Along with West Forsyth’s Jenna Staiti and Kaila Charles (Glendale, Md.), Blair Watson (Nutley, N.J.) and Stephanie Jones (Havre De Grace, Md.), Myers helps make up the No. 1 rated signing class in the country by ESPN.com and like outlets.
“I loved the coaches and academics from the beginning, nothing could compete with (Maryland). I wasn’t in love in the recruiting process and wanted to know where I was going so I could keep my focus,” Myers said. “To be part of the number one class in the nation is something I never, ever dreamed of, and it’s incredible to finally have time to celebrate. The fact I’m sharing this with all of my friends too is pretty incredible.”
Carnahan, just a few days after placing second at the state meet in Carrollton, said her commitment to Furman, located in Greenville, S.C., was a no-brainer because “everything fell into place.”
“You know how you have a wishlist at the beginning of your college search and you want everything, but have to negotiate yourself down? I didn’t have to do that,” Carnahan said. “I couldn’t pass Furman up. To be on an awesome team, build up a program, have the wonderful academics and personalized attention in the classroom is a dream come true. The campus is beautiful and it’s not too far from home.”
Furman’s women’s team sent two runners to NCAA regionals, which will take place Friday.
Tapia ended up committing to Radford by the way of its newest coach, Aileen Morales. Morales, who led Young Harris College to 51 wins this past season at the D-II level, was hired in June to be the head coach at Radford. Tapia, committed to Morales and Young Harris, received a phone call from Morales urging her to consider shifting sights to the southwest Virginia school.
“I was kind of panicked at first,” Tapia said. “Everything was in place, and then I had to reassess things, but once I got up there and saw the campus, it was everything I wanted. I loved it.
“I originally was committed to play for Young Harris over a D-I school because of money, but then this came up. Getting that call from (Morales) was great, it’s definitely a step up.”
Tapia’s biggest draw from the day was the moment in the auditorium.
“It means so much, especially since we have the other athletes there. We’re such a big family,” Tapia said. “Not just in our individual sports, but with everybody together. It was loud. We were all so happy for eachother.”
Darling, a middle hitter for South’s final four volleyball team this fall, committed to Illinois Tech in Chicago. Frangipane, an outside hitter, committed to the State College of Florida in Manatee-Sarasota, and Megan Beaty signed with Piedmont College in northeast Georgia.
Darling had 71 kills and 39 aces for the Lady War Eagles in the fall, while Grangipane had 111 kills.
Beaty posted personal bests in track in field of 17.90 in the 100 meter hurdles, 64-0 in the discuss and 13-2.5 in the long jump.
Myers and Beaty have their senior athletic seasons to complete this year, beginning in the winter and spring, respectively.