DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — On signing day at Providence Christian School four athletes signed their National Letters of Intent.
The Eagles are taking their talents to the next level and keeping them close to home.
Eagles seniors Conner Patterson, Jake Smith, Anna Grace O’Bryan and Megan Stewart will all compete in their sports in college.
O’Bryan will make history as a part of Enterprise State’s first ever volleyball team.
She was a two-year starting libero for the Eagles and lead the team in digs by a margin of 446.
She had 68 aces her senior season.
“It’s a really big opportunity, you know to continue playing,” O’Bryan said. “I really contribute a lot of that to Coach Bill through what he’s done through our program. I really wanted to stay close to home and keep having that support in my family and stay here and really focus on volleyball and that’s going to take me to the next level.”
O’Bryan’s teammate Megan Stewart will take her talents to Coastal Alabama Community College.
Her senior year Stewart lead the Eagles in kills with 333 she also had 71 aces and 74 blocks.
“It was just amazing, all my thoughts throughout the years, I’ve always wanted to play in college and it’s just finally coming true,” Stewart said. “It’s a reality instead of just a dream anymore. When I got there, I just knew that’s where I wanted to call home. Going to school there, I loved the atmosphere, academics were well, the facilities were amazing. I just love it up there.”
Patterson signed his NLI to run cross country and track for the University of Alabama Huntsville.
He is the current school record holder in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter races and the 5K.
He won back-to-back cross country state championships his junior and senior year at Providence Christian.
“It’s great, this is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” Patterson said. “I’m getting the chance to run in college doing something God blessed me with, the ability to go run at the next level and so it’s just really special.”
On the diamond, Jake Smith has been a stand out for the Eagles since he was in eighth grade.
After he graduates, he’ll take his talents to Troy.
His varsity debut in eighth grade he hit 436 in 18 games. As a freshman he helped the Eagles to a state championship hitting 344 including a grand slam in the semi-final.
Smith has started every game of his high school career and hit 453 his junior season.
He also lead the team with ten home runs last year.
“Playing college baseball, it’s a dream,” Smith said. “I’ve just been dreaming my whole life. I’m just happy to play again some more. They have a new coaching staff up there. They’re just a great group of guys, really nice facilities, they just get after the right way.”
Each of the athletes say they’re excited to represent Providence Christian and stay close to home.