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4 Tucker County athletes sign intents

May 2, 2013
By Joey Kittle Sports Editor , The Inter-Mountain

Four Tucker County student-athletes made their college decisions known during a ceremony held Wednesday afternoon inside the school's gymnasium.

Three of the signees selected Davis &?Elkins College, as Amber Evans will participate in basketball, and Nick Akins and Ashley Cassidy will run cross country.

Hunter Radford, meanwhile, signed to play basketball at Garrett County Community College.

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Tucker County’s Amber Evans signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Davis &?Elkins College on Wednesday. Also shown are front row, from left, Dave Helmick, Tucker County assistant coach; Chopper Evans, father; Barbie Evans, mother; Jim Ambrose, Tucker County head coach; back row, James Hamric, Tucker County principal; and Dave Kyle, Tucker County director of athletics.

Evans, a guard, averaged 14 points this past season in leading the Mountain Lions to a berth in the Class A semifinals. She was a third-team all-state selection and member of the All-Inter-Mountain basketball team.

"It's been a goal of mine since third-grade to play college basketball," Evans said. "D&E was the perfect fit for me and I'm looking forward to going there to play."

Evans' teammate, Radford, said Garrett was the right selection for her.

"They offered what I wanted to major in (early childhood development), and to be able to play the game I love at the college level is a dream come true," she said. "It's also close to home and I liked everything about the school."

Radford averaged nearly 5.0 points per game.

Evans and Radford were the lone seniors for Tucker County this season.

Akins said he can't wait for the challenge of running in college.

"I really didn't start performing well in cross country until I got a growth spurt before my senior season," he said. "I cut nearly 6 minutes off my times from my freshman to senior year."

Akins chose cross country over baseball, another sport he participates in at Tucker County.

"It was a tough choice but cross country seemed to be the right decision," Akins said. "D&E's coaches were very nice and I liked the college when I made my visit."

Cassidy said her love for running was the bottom line on deciding to continue the sport.

"I've really taken an interest in cross country the past few years, and figured I would miss it if I didn't do in anymore," she said. "D&E is giving me the opportunity to keep running and I'm looking forward to it."

Cassidy participated in the state cross country meet the past three seasons, placing 12th this past fall.



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