- Published on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:33
- Written by Super User
Justin Savion, Gary O’Neil, Daniel Harris, Brien Lancaster, & Eric Eason all sign their letters of Intent
Gary O’Neil will be attending UNCW.
Justin Savion will be attending UNCC.
Brien Lancaster will be attending Shorter.
Eric Eason will be attending UNCC.
This past Wednesday, February 6th was National Signing Day for High School’s and Ashley High School had 5 student-athletes sign their letters of intent.
They were: Soccer – Justin Savion who will be playing for UNC-Charlotte, Gary O’Neil who will be going to UNCW, Daniel Harris will be playing soccer for Lees McCrae. Cross Country & Track – Brien Lancaster becomes the 1st Eagles to receive a College Scholarship to run Cross Country and will be attending Shorter University in Georgia. Baseball – Eric Eason will be playing Baseball for UNC Charlotte. Gary O’Neil who will be attending UNCW feels that it is the best choice for him because of its outstanding business school and its even better soccer program. “I’m honored to get a chance to work with Aiden, Zack and all the lads on the team.” When asked what was one of the biggest things he learned from Ashley High School Head Soccer Coach Giles Roberts he had this to say. “He taught me how to be a leader on and off the field, no doubt. I can’t thank him enough for that and I will apply this lesson to everything I do for the rest of my life.”
Justin Savion’s choice to play for the UNC-Charlotte 49ers came down to a few key things. “The Campus absolutely speaks for itself, the coaching staff is the most respectable group of individuals I’ve ever met. The team holds each other to a very demanding standard, and I would be surrounding myself with some of the best players and hardest workers in the nation. If that’s not going to mold me towards the player I soon hope to be then I doubt there is a college that will. Primarily it’s difficult for a team to play against a family and I have a feeling that the 49ers competition will have it rough.” When asked what he learned from Coach Roberts Justin had this to say. “Each Person has there own specific role in which will never define a team, only add a thread to a bigger picture. The 11 that start are the 11 that never stop.”
“It was a special day for Ashley with the signing of 5 young men. They not only excelled on their perspective playing surfaces but also in the classroom. All these young men are model citizens and will represent Ashley well when they exit our doors.” Coach Roberts added.
Brien Lancaster said, “Shorter is perfect for me in so many ways: Location, its in my area of study and in Spirituality and not to mention they are one of the top Track Schools in the nation. Having the Chance to run for a school as good as Shorter is an incredible opportunity laid out by God. They were the best N.A.I.A. School for Track & Field while they were N.A.I.A. Now they are making the transition to NCAA Division II, where they have already proven to be a top school there, with numerous Olympic Trial qualifiers. There isn’t a reason I should be able to run for them. But they believe that I have potential and so they have offered me a complete full ride to the school. I can’t express how blessed and humbled I am by this situation, and know it can only be from God. He’s laid out everything in front of me, from attending a great high school, to being coached by the best in the area, and now the chance to run for Shorter University.”
“I am so proud to have been a part of Ashley, and know that even greater things will come from this school in the future.”
When asked what was the best thing you learned from your Coach, Brien had this to say. “Running Form, Hard Work, but most of all passion. My Coach is the most passionate person I have ever met for this sport, and it rubs off on the rest of us.”
“Its great to see a athlete grow with the program and continue to raise the bar. Brien is not only 1 of the fastest distance runners to every walk the halls at Ashley, he was also the 1st to run after high school and land a scholarship. I am so proud to be his coach and know that his leadership will pave the way for other Ashley High School Cross Country and Track Runners to follow in his footsteps. We couldn’t have won 2 straight Cross Country Conference Championships without him,” Brien’s Cross Country Coach Shawn McKee added. He went on to say, “As a Coach I hope that my student-athlete’s are able to land Scholarships and compete on the next level more so than winning Championships.”