Four St. James High student-athletes signed letters of intent to play in college during a ceremony May 15 in the school's auditorium.
Irma Guerra is headed to USC Salkehatchie to play soccer. She was a key contributor on defense for the Sharks.
“It is really exciting,” Guerra said. “I am the first one in my family to go to college. With all of the support from my family, friends and teammates, it is a great thing.”
Guerra’s head coach Kate Jacobs said the team will miss her leadership on the field next season.
“I started my coaching career here at St. James with Irma,” Jacobs said. “She is a tremendous individual, not only a soccer player. She works extremely hard and is going to do great at the next level. She has been a rock on defense for us, and I only wish the best for her.”
Addison Bryant will play soccer at USC Sumter. He scored 14 goals this season for the Sharks and perfected his game playing club soccer with Coast FA.
“I just want to thank all of my teammates,” Bryant said. “They have always supported me and made me a better player. It feels really good. I’m excited and ready to go play college soccer.”
Boys soccer head coach Thuba Nkomazana coached Bryant for just one season but knows he can succeed at the college level.
“It is a big step for Addison. He is a very talented and skillful player,” he said. “I have no doubt that he will excel at the next level.”
Casey Mitchell is headed to Wingate University in North Carolina to be a part of the swim team. He won the Class 4A 500-meter freestyle state championship in 2017 and was the runner-up in the same event when St. James moved up to 5A last fall.
He has been swimming for 10 years and also was a member of the Coastal Aquatic Club during his high school career.
“It feels great,” Mitchell said. “The amount of sacrifice you have to do and the hard work you have to put in just to be at an elite level considering the lack of opportunities there are for collegiate swimmers, it really feels good and is a testament to how hard I worked for the past 10 years in which I’ve been swimming.”
Sharks swim coach Michael Chapman believes Mitchell will dominant at the next level.
”Casey is the type of athlete everyone wants,” Chapman said. “His dedication to showing the young swimmers on what to do shows his leadership. I am proud of him. Wingate is getting an exceptional swimmer. “
Ian Davis signed with Methodist University in North Carolina to play lacrosse. He led the state of South Carolina this season in minutes played as a goalkeeper and also had 131 saves for the Sharks.
“It is a really good feeling,” Davis said. “I didn’t know if I would ever be here. It feels amazing that all of the hard work finally paid off.”
Lacrosse head coach Joe Grega believes Methodist will be getting a great asset in Davis.
“We were lucky enough to play a game at Methodist this year,” said Grega. “Having met his college coach and being at the facility, I can tell he will be in a great situation. I am excited for his future. He is a great communicator and team captain.