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Several Area Athletes Sign College Scholarships Wednesday

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At Wewahitchka High School, Jessica Smith signed a softball scholarship to College of Central Florida. Jessica stole 45 bases for the Lady Gators last season, and batted over .450. The Lady Patriots recruited Jessica as an outfielder. Jessica said she's happy, and relieved, to finally sign on the dotted line.

"I was really nervous," she said. "I had mixed feelings about it but I'm ready, I'm excited. It's like reality has finally set in and I'm going to college to play softball, one of my dreams. I can't wait. I leave in August and I'm ready."

At Rutherford High School, Dondrayas Harris inked with Gulf Coast State College. He led the Rams last year in stolen bases with 12. Zach Davis and Andrew Mask will both be attending the Marion Military Institute. Zach sported a .342 batting average, while Andrew boasted a .342 average. Rutherford baseball coach John Hudson says this senior class has set a good example for the younger players.

"These three signing as well as Dondrell Harris signing a four-year scholarship at Troy as a football and baseball player has laid a foundation for the younger players," he said Wednesday. "It lets the younger guys see what they need to do not just on the field, but off the field as well."

At Holmes County High School, Jacky Miles, Jr. signed to play baseball for Chipola. Jackie has a career .412 batting average with 35 RBI's. Ciara Jones and Shelby Clark will also be heading to Chipola, signing softball scholarships for the Lady Indians.

Ciara had a .421 average with 95 runs scored and 34 stolen bases last season, while Shelby boasted a .419 average with 82 runs scored and 31 stolen bases.