Four different athletes; four different sports.
West Jones celebrated a string of LOI (Letter of Intent) signings Friday morning inside the school's Media Center. Four West Jones senior athletes - Sam Hill, Madi Waters, Kaylee Chennault, and Kolbi Holifield - from four different sports - baseball, softball, girls' soccer, and girls' tennis - signed with three various Mississippi junior colleges.
Here are each and quotes from them and their coaches:
West Jones baseball pitcher/first baseman Sam Hill signed with Pearl River Community College.
Head Coach Trey Sutton:
"A part of what we want to do here is help kids [get to the next level]. Sam is very talented, and we're looking forward to big things from him this upcoming season. We lost some good arms last season, and really, Sam is as good as any arm we faced. With the pitching staff we had, he would have been an ace for a lot of other schools in the state. He's going to get an opportunity this year to be our work-horse, and we'll need that out of him."
"I had a lot of options, but on my visit to Pearl River, it felt like home and the right place to go too. It's a good program that's had a lot of success. I feel like it's the best fit for me.
This coming up season [at West Jones] will be fun. I’m ready to get out there and compete.”
West Jones softball infielder Madi Waters also signed with Pearl River Community College.
Head Coach Corey Tolbert:
"Madi is a work-horse. She's a high-character kid and a great motivator for our team. She's a leader on our team, and she was one of our captains last season. When things aren't going her way, she doesn't lay down. She's that teammate that keeps everyone else up on the team.
“Madi is also awesome in the classroom, just an awesome kid all the way around. Pearl River is getting no just an awesome player but an awesome person.”
“When I first visited the campus, I fell in love with it. It felt like home. The coaches are great, and I’m ready to start a new journey.
"But we have unfinished business to do here at West Jones. We're going to work hard, keep practicing, and get better."
West Jones girls soccer standout Kaylee Chennault signed with Jones College. Chennault plays midfielder for the Lady Mustangs.
Head Coach Craig Winship:
"Kaylee is our captain this year. She's worked hard for us over the past several years since transferred in from Taylorsville. She's a leader on and off the field for us since that time. She keeps us organized on the field, and she'll play a huge role for us in the midfield. We're going to rely on her creativity and her energy because she's one of those players that rarely comes off the field because she's tired."
“I’m where I’m at because of the help I’ve received from teammates and coaches. Our coaches have been great over the years I’ve been here. They’ve helped me out and kept me going.
“I’m beyond excited over the season we have coming up. It’s my last year to play with all these girls, and I can’t be more excited about sharing this time with them.”
West Jones girls tennis standout Kolbi Holifield signed with Meridian Community College.
Head Coach Brandon Adcock:
“It’s great to have West Jones represented all across our state. Kolbi is a phenomenal player. She’s been playing tennis ever since she was in middle school. It’s a well-deserved scholarship she’s getting.”
"This is an exciting time and a great opportunity to be able to move on to the next level. I'm ready to see and learn new things with this sports. I've been playing tennis for a very long time, and its so much a part of me now."