Seven Seahawks sign for scholarships

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM.

After an introduction from Athletic Director Mike Sweatt, Shields took the stage before a boisterous audience of high school students in the gym. Shields praised both Gracyn Kirvin and Reeder, who he has known for years while they grew up playing soccer.

“She has soccer in her blood,” he said of Kirvin. “It makes sense she wanted to pursue soccer as a college coach.

Shields described Reeder as “quite possibly the hardest working girl” he has coached, who has withstood legal but harsh hits, and bounced back. Maggio Wright did not speak, but sat in the bleachers, beaming at her players’ success.

Boys coach Ramon Valenzuela introduced Graham Kirvin and Harris, stressing that this is the first time the soccer program has sent four of its alumni on to athletic scholarships.

Girls coach Scott Collins introduced Millender and Carroll. Former Lady Seahawk coach Lisa Sweatt did not speak, but stood, happily, in back, proud of both girls.

Mike Sweatt introduced White, noting that in his years as a coach “I have never seen somebody make the gains he’s made.” Sweatt said White added 11 inches to his 22” vertical leap, as he invested countless hours working towards his goal.

White echoed the feelings of all the athletes in his remarks, stressing that performance in the classroom was top priority. “You have to get it done there first, before you can get it done on the court or in the field,” he said. “Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.”

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