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Wildcats have 4 sign letters of intent

Stephanie King

It was a big day for four student athletes at Eastern Randolph on Thursday as they signed their letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level. Landon Smith, Taylor Hatchett, Marion Goins, and Nicole Cox each made the decision to continue their chosen sport at the next level.

Landon Smith, a four-varsity baseball player, signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Louisburg College next year. Smith can play multiple positions for the Wildcats but spends most his time behind the plate as catcher. He has been a leader on the field for the Wildcats this season and has provided a huge boost when he steps into the batters’ box. Smith is a team player who can be an extension of the coaching staff when he is on the field.

Taylor Hatchett, a multi-sport athlete, will continue her basketball career at Methodist University. Hatchett led the Lady Wildcats basketball team this past season as they finished the season 8-17. She is a hard worker with a tremendous work ethic. She can knock down a jumper or drive to hoop and score as well. She averaged 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds on the season. She scored in double figures ten times last season with a game 24 in early January against Providence Grove. She picked up a double-double against Asheboro in December.

Marion Goins, a three-sport athlete with a 4.07 GPA, signed her letter of intent to continue her softball career at Claflin University. She has a .379 career batting average with 50 hits, 29 RBIs, and .571 caught stealing percentage. Goins is the baby sister of ShiCara & Kella who were conference POYs and always have had to play in their shadows. Head coach LaVette Graham said, “I have told Marion that I never compare players to each other and she has taken her own path with the same stern mindset. Marion works extremely hard into being an elite catcher and she is the backbone of this year’s team. She always comes through for me whenever a need something to happen, change or even to be said with the team.” She plays in the summer with the Randolph Rage under the guidance of Chad Rush. She plans to pursue a major in Biology.

Nicole Cox, a three-year varsity softball player, will continue her softball career at Emory & Henry College. She has 3.6 GPA, a .404 career batting average, 38 hits, 17 RBIs, 41 runs and 45 stolen bases. Cox has truly exemplified what it means to be a true team player. Coach Graham had nothing but praise for his two athletes and had this to say about Cox, “From her time she started at the program she’s always told me that she would do whatever it took to make the team win. She carries herself in a way to make everyone around her a better player and trying to get you to smile. You will always know where we’re at because she is one of the most vocal players I have ever Coached.” She has been under the guidance of the NC Knockouts (Head Coach Ricky Martinez) in the summer playing showcase ball on the Southeastern part of the United States. She plans to double major in Business Management and Nursing. She leaves a definite trademark for the Wildcats’ program on what it means to be a Catballer.

We would like to congratulate each of these athletes on this outstanding accomplishment and wish them the best of luck!

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