15 Spain Park athletes sign with colleges

HOOVER – Fifteen Spain Park High School student-athletes signed to play college sports on Wednesday, Feb. 1, what has come to be known as National Signing Day.

SPHS Athletic Director Patrick Kellogg welcomed the students, family and friends in attendance—and special guests including Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato and Superintendent of Education Kathy Murphy.

The signees took turns taking the stage along with relatives and coaches. Each signed a letter of intent or scholarship document, donned a ball cap with their future team’s logo on the front and then smiled for pictures.

“It’s great to see our young people do what they do best,” Kellogg said. “It always gives us great pride to see you go off to college. Go make us proud.”

A breakfast reception was held at the school after the ceremony.

“It’s a celebration for everything they’ve done,” Kellogg said. “We think it is important for them to have their moment.”

In addition to the students’ hard work, Kellogg also commended Spain Park’s coaches for their efforts in promoting the school’s athletes to college programs across the country.

The school’s full list of signees included:

-Will Batersby: University of Alabama Birmingham baseball

-Dylan Bradley: High Point University soccer

-Isabel Cado: University of Alabama cross country/track and field

-Madison Cobb: University of West Georgia soccer

-Rachel Cunningham: San Diego State University swimming

-Daryn Ellison: The University of Chicago tennis

-Douglas Henze: Harvard University football

-Mary Katherine Horton: Samford University golf

-Jamal Johnson: University of Memphis basketball

-Jenna Olszewski: Auburn University softball

-Lindsay Song: Davidson College tennis

-Jordan Susce: University of Louisville golf

-Mary Kate Teague: University of Alabama Huntsville softball

-Mary Katherine Tedder: University of Texas softball

-Larry Wooden: Arkansas State University football