Students, friends, and family assembled Wednesday to watch three of their Purvis Tornado athletes sign to advance their athletic careers at various JUCO schools.
Savannah Cooper signed first to play soccer at Meridian Community College.
"Savannah is a leader both on and off the field. She gets the girls ready and going every game. She's the first to lead warmups and on the field, she's not afraid to take charge. She's not afraid to take tough shots and because of that she's one of our top goal scorers," said head coach Rebecca Mackey.
Cooper was excited to take the next step to play for Meridian Community College while wanting to make an impact in her senior season at Purvis.
"It means so much. I never expected to come this far. I never really thought that I'd make it here, but the coaches have helped me so much and pushed me further. We want to win this year and make the playoffs, though. We are in a new district with new teams so it'll be hard, but I'm excited.
Next up was Jesse Johnson who signed to play at Jones College and Dakota Lee who signed to play at Pearl River Community College, both for baseball.
"Both guys have been solid for us the past couple of seasons. They've been our two best pitchers and at times two of our best hitters in the lineup. They are two guys who we are going to depend on as a team to do what they do best," said coach Tony Farlow.
Lee was excited to extend his baseball career but was also eager to get back on the diamond for the Tornadoes and chase postseason aspirations.
"It feels good to finally officially sign. We still have one more year here, though. We want to win district and that's what we are going all-out for, then hopefully get to and win state."
Lee was also excited to be able to play against his now teammate but future opponent in the Catfight rivalry between Jones College and Pearl River.
"I expect it to be really fun for the next couple of years. We are good friends, but I expect to strike him out [laughing] a couple of times too."
Johnson was also happy to sign and continue his playing and academic career at Jones College.
"It means everything to me to sign today. Nobody in my family really even graduated high school, so my one goal was to graduate high school and go to college, and I get to do that. So, I'm pretty thankful and blessed."
He also added that his main goal was to help the team succeed, but he was also excited about the future rivalry with his teammate at the next level.
"I just want to play as a team. Not make everything individual. I want to help the team out, and that is my main goal. It's going to be fun seeing my buddy across the field, smiling at him knowing he's about to lose. It'll just be a fun rivalry no doubt."