With the school year winding down, some senior athletes across the Isles are still finalizing where they will be playing at the next level.
Three more athletes confirmed their commitments Wednesday with athletes at Frederica Academy and Glynn Academy putting pen to paper to make their decisions official.
Frederica baseball coach Greg Roberts described Trey Thompson as one of the most energetic and passionate players he’s ever coached. Sometimes, it’s even a bit much for Roberts.
“There are times when he drives me crazy because his energy is so much to handle,” Roberts said during Thompson’s signing ceremony Wednesday.
That passion and energy though also help make Thompson a perfect candidate to be the Game 1 starter for the Knights in their two postseason series so far this season.
“What I love about Trey is he’s going to compete,” Roberts said. “He loves to compete, loves to fight. He loves the limelight of it. Trey goes out with an attitude that nobody can beat him. In Game 1, that’s what you need. When he goes up there, I feel like we’re pretty comfortable defensively and offensively that he’s going to give us a chance to win.”
Thompson signed to continue his baseball career at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
Thompson said he picked the Stallions because of coach Brandon Reeder, who the senior described as a “really chill guy” and also told Thompson he had a high probability of pitching for them. Thompson also said he will have an opportunity to be an everyday player.
“It was pretty exciting,” Thompson said of signing. “It’s been my dream since I was little.”
Along with his passion and competitiveness, Roberts described Thompson as a “phenomenal athlete.”
“He runs well, throws well and can also hit,” Roberts said. “He understands the game. He’s very baseball savvy. There’s not a lot of things that fool him. He knows what’s coming.”
Before Thompson heads off to ABAC, the Knights have a semifinal series against Tiftarea Academy this weekend. Win the series and Frederica will play for the GISA Class 3A state title.
Thompson isn’t nervous about taking the mound for a big game.
“I don’t really get nervous any more because it does no good for you,” Thompson said. “You’ve got to think you’re better than the other team.”
Two Glynn Academy athletes made their future plans known at the school Wednesday with volleyball defensive specialist Jazmine Richardson choosing to play at Johnson & Wales University in Miami while golfer Ella Slade signed with Sewanee.
For Slade, she attracted the attention of Tigers coach Nate Parrish. Glynn Academy girls golf coach Kip Hall said Parrish saw Slade’s potential to grow as a golfer.
“Ella is competitive,” Hall said. “She’s gotten so much better this last year. She’s had a lot on her plate. She takes tough classes and works. Once she gets up to school and all she has to worry about is school and golf, her golf game is going to take off.”
Slade and her teammates still have one tournament to go though before she ends her Glynn Academy career. The Lady Terrors will compete in the Class 6A state tournament at Jekyll Island Golf Club’s Indian Mound course starting Monday.
While Richardson’s volleyball career at Glynn is over, she will be returning to the area with Johnson & Wales. The school is in the same conference as College of Coastal Georgia.
Glynn volleyball coach Jon Ricketts said Richardson embodied the team’s motto of no ball touches the floor.
“She’s a 5-foot-2 fireplug,” Ricketts said. “She would climb walls for us, she’d run through the bench, run through the net — whatever had to be done to get the ball up for us. She is one heck of a defensive specialist.”
Ricketts added that Richardson was also capable of scoring when needed. She was also able to handle some tough coaching.
“She was a breath of fresh air,” Ricketts said. “No drama. She was quiet and never said anything. There were times when I would chew her out when she was young. She would look at me and stare and you’d wonder if you’re getting to her. Every year she got better and better so obviously, it was getting through to her.”