Fifteen Seniors Sign to Play Collegiate Sports

Fifteen Seniors Sign to Play Collegiate Sports
Today, 15 seniors realized their dreams of playing college sports. Its a dream many little kids have, but very few are actually blessed to have the opportunity. At LCA we are very proud and excited about all the gifts God has bestowed on each individual, be it in sports, the arts, mission work, science, math, etc.
Today was a day honored 15 young people (that's roughly 15% of the senior class!) for taking the gifts God gave them and developing their athletic skills over a period of years. Today was LCA Athletic Signing Day.
The entitre student body, families, friends, coaches, teachers got to honor these young people and it was an exciting and emotional moment. We know God has amazing things in store for each of them. They will each have sports as a platform to minister to others.
Here's a list of the student-athletes that signed today:

Clay Elliott, Football – Hanover

Clay Elliott has exemplified everything it means to be an Eagle Football player as a 3 year letter

 winner. Clay was voted on by teammates as a captain his senior year, and led the team intackleswhile garnering 1st Team Herald-Leader All-City recognition at Linebacker. His leadership helped the 2016 LCA Football team finish undefeated in the regular season for the 1st time in school history and first district championship in 2A.  Clay was always known for giving the locker room a good laugh and will be remembered for his many big plays in big games. 

Coach Atchley says, “Clay Elliott is one of the hardest working and most coachable kids I have had the pleasure to be around. He has become a tremendous football player in our program that leaves here as royalty because of his play and leadership on and off the field. Clay will make a tremendous impact at the next level.”

 


Will Mayo, Football – Kentucky Christian University


Will Mayo only played football at LCA for 1 year after lettering his previous 3 years at another school. In his short time here, Will immediately helped set the bar high for hard work and effort on the defensive line. He led all defensive

 linemen in tackles with 56 and had 2.5 sacks. Will wasan integral part of a defense that finished in the top 10 in 2A in overall team defense and rushing yards allowed. As a senior Will also lettered in Lacrosse after picking up the sport for the first time in his life.

Coach Atchley says, “Will Mayo came to LCA and immediately made an impact for us on the football field. From those first few days of camp at EKU, I knew he would cause problems for opposing offenses. More importantly though, I know the move to LCA has been life-changing for him. Will leaves LCA as one of the players that I have seen grow the most.” 

 

Parker Mitchell, Lacrosse – Asbury

Parker Mitchell has been a leader in the lacrosse program since its inception. While playingdefense, where he could focus his energy and hone his stick skills, Parker has been a leader in the lacrosse program helping the team to the best 2 finishes in school history. He will be remembered as a player who was a student of the game and worked hard at minimizing his weaknesses. With many new players joining the program in recent years, Parker became a servant leader helping to bring along the new players as fast as possible to ensure team success.

Coach Atchley says, “Parker was a passionate and hardworking young man to coach in lacrosse. He was incredibly coachable, always seeking to get better each day. Asbury is getting a player who hasn’t come close to reaching his ceiling in the sport of lacrosse, with his best years ahead of him. He will be a great ambassador of the Asbury Lacrosse program on and off the field.”

Parker is the first Lacrosse Eagle to ever sign to play in college.

 

 Kennedy Brickey, Cheerleading – UK/Taylor Brickey, Cheerleading – UK

Our next student-athletes are each very talented young ladies, but are always grouped togetherfor obvious reasons J Kennedy and Taylor Brickey made their dream come true by both making the University of Kentucky Cheerleading team. The most storied program in the country, become the first cheerleaders in LCA history to achieve this accomplishment.

They have been on the LCA cheer team for 3 years and helped their team come in 2nd and 6th place at Nationals in Orlando as well as be on the first LCA cheer team to make it to State! These girls have been dedicated to this sport, while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
 

 

 

Sydney Weeks, Cross Country – Hawaii Pacific

Sydney Weeks played two sports during her time at LCA - cross country and basketball – but herpassion had always been basketball. But she also liked running and decided to give cross country a try for the first time in her life. She may have only run one year of cross country, but she accomplished on pure natural ability is nothing short of amazing.
She finished 22nd in the state last fall qualifying her for the KHSAA All-State Team. And despite a season-ending ACL injury in January was also able to finish as a 1,000 point scorer in basketball. She also won the LCA Female Christian Sportsmanship Award this year.
Sydney listened to God’s call and was open to his answer, which earned her an opportunity to run cross country at Hawaii Pacific next season. 

 

 

Will Brittain, Cross Country/Track – Spalding University

Will Brittain was the most improved cross country runner in the state from his Freshmen year to his senior year, taking 6 minutes off his 5k time.  He was an important part of three state championships and will play an important role over the next two weeks as the 2017 Track Team makes its bid to repeat. 

For years to come young distance runners at LCA will know about Will Brittain as he will always be our example of the heights that can be attained through hard work and dedication.    

 

 

 

Adam Huff, Cross Country – Charleston Southern

For the past 6 years Adam Huff has put is heart and soul in the building the cross country and track teams into one of the top programs in Kentucky. The coaches know that without his relentless recruiting of some of the top athletes in the school that the 3 state titles in the past 2 years would have never happened.

A few of his achievements:

  • 2017 LCA Male Student-Athlete of the Year
  • 10 time all region
  • 5 time all state
  • State Runner-up in the 3200 meters in track
  • State Runner-up in Cross Country
  • On three state championship teams
 He has signed to run at Charleston Southern! 

 

Brooke Tackett, Soccer – Western Kentucky

Brooke Tackett has been an outstanding student-athlete the last four years for LCA soccer. Her toughness, consistency and leadership have been amazing examples to all of our younger players.  Coach Fugmann said “As a coach I couldn't have asked for a more well-rounded person.”

A few of her achievements:

  • 2017 LCA Female Student-Athlete of the Year
  • 1st team all-city, all-district, all region
  • Honorable mention all-State
  • Team Captain  and Academic all-state

She has signed to play soccer at Western Kentucky University this fall.

 

 

Carter Johnson, Soccer – Transylvania

Carter Johnson was a 4-year varsity player for the Eagles soccer team.  His contributions in the midfield helped see the boy's team to two All-A Classic Final Fours and one All-A Classic runner-up.  In his senior season, Carter finished the season third on the team in scoring second in assists.  A vital player in the Eagles' midfield, his presence and production will be greatly missed next season.

Coach Duszynski says "Carter, it was a great joy to coach you these past 4 seasons.  You were always very coach-able and I appreciate how you stepped up in leadership in your senior season. One thing I loved about your play is how you weren't ever afraid to hit a strike from distance--it lead to some of the most epic goals in LCA history.”
 

 

Evan Davis, Golf – Belmont

Evan Davis, was a 5 year letterman in golf at LCA. He is leaving the school ranked 7th in the state for the 2017 class. Earlier this week he won the LCA Male Christian Sportsmanship Award. He also received the inaugural Kentucky Sportsmanship Award voted on by the Kentucky Golf Coaches Association and the Kentucky Junior Golf Foundation.

He earned all-Region honors in 2015 and 2016. Shot a 73 to lead his team to the 2015 Kentucky All 'A' State Golf Tournament Championship. And he has won 5 tournaments as an individual in the last calendar year.

 

 

 

Nathan Harper, Basketball – Mount Saint Joseph’s

Nathan Harper only spent 1 year at LCA, but he had a tremendous impact on the LCA basketball program and his teammates. Nathan was an integral part of LCA’s first-ever 43rd District Championship and first-ever 11th region tournament appearance. For his efforts, Nathan was named to the 11th Region all-tournament team. All told, Nathan scored over 900 points for his high school career.

Coach Valentine says, “Nathan is not only a terrific basketball player, he is a terrific young man with very high character. He will have a tremendous impact on the Mt. St. Joseph basketball program.”

 


 

Mikala Flaugher, Swimming – Asbury

Mikala Flaugher has been a member of the LCA varsity Swim Team since seventh grade.  Since then she has shown herself to be a bright young lady who is always willing to do whatever it takes to help the team succeed.  Her big moment came in 2013, when she dropped over 20 seconds in the 500 Free at Regionals, placing her in the top 5 at the meet, qualified for State individually as an 8th Grader, and remained a fixture at the top of the Region ever since.  

Coach Winders says of Mikala, “While distance was her forte at the high school level, her versatility in all freestyle events, backstroke, and butterfly will aid her at the next level.  Asbury is getting a well-rounded athlete and student, and one that will impact the university both in and out of the pool.”

 

Brooklyn Brinegar, Softball - Asbury

Brooklyn Brinegar has been a four-year letter winner in the LCA softball and volleyball programs. In softball, she has played every position, except shortstop, in her LCA career. She was named all-district in 2015 and 2016 (2017 hasn’t been named yet). She has also been on the All-District Academic team the last two seasons.

This season, Brooklyn was named to the All A State All-Tournament Team. Not only has she put up big numbers she has also provided leadership and guidance as she and her teammates are in the midst of the best season in school history.

 

 

Devin Buckner, Baseball – Tusculum

Devin Buckner has been a vital part of the baseball program the past two years after transferring here from another high school. Playing catcher, third base and pitching for the Eagles, Coach Galloway calls Devin one of the most versatile players he has ever coached.

In addition to the numbers he puts up on the field, Devin possesses a lively personality in the dugout and locker room. 

Coach Galloway says of Devin, “He is a terrific warrior on the mound, a vocal leader behind the plate, and a confident glove in the field at either corner infield spot.  He is also been one of the most dangerous hitters in our lineup.  He has a terrific passion for baseball, life, and most importantly His Lord."