Photos by Aneesa Conine-Nakano
By HANNAH GALE – Print Sports Editor
Four Clarke Central High School student athletes committed to an athletic career at the collegiate level on April 12 in the Gladiator Gallery.
On April 12, in the Gladiator Gallery, four Clarke Central High School student athletes signed their Letters of Intent to further their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Senior varsity soccer player Nicolina Boza will play at Georgia Military College. Senior varsity wrestlers Calvin and Melvin Nimley will wrestle at Emmanuel College and Bangahly Touray will wrestle at Brewton Parker Barons.
Calvin and Melvin started wrestling their sophomore year of high school, and were the 2017 State Champions in the 160 lbs and 170 lbs weight class, respectively.
“Most kids who earn scholarships for the sport that they play, they’ve played for a long time. (Calvin and Melvin) started with a lot of potential, with a lot of ability and with a lot of rough edges that we have smoothed out over course of the season,” CCHS head wrestling coach Tim Stoudenmire said.
According to CCHS head girls soccer coach Chris Hulse, Boza has started every game since her 8th grade year and made sacrifices for soccer in hopes of playing in college.
“She’s a young woman who has done everything the right way. From eighth grade on, which is when I got to begin coaching her, her target has been on this day.” Hulse said.
As stated by Stoudenmire, Touray and the Nimley brothers have accounted for over 450 individual match wins for the CCHS wrestling program, six area titles and three teams that qualified for State.
“The coach at Brewton Parker is excited to get Bangahly. Bangahly is one that he’s had on his radar so when he found out he was still open and still an option, he signed him,” Stoudenmire said.