Six Patriots honored for college plans

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For Albemarle High School senior Audrey Sheedy, playing volleyball at the college level is about more than just continuing her career. It's about helping her transition into the next big phase in her life.

"Volleyball has always been my stress reliever," Sheedy said Wednesday afternoon. "So I think, going into college fresh and new, not knowing a lot of people, it's definitely going to help."

Sheedy's volleyball career will continue at Averette next year. On Wednesday, she was one of six seniors honored at a signing ceremony in the gym at AHS for their plans to keep playing sports in college.

Also among those honored was Makinna Winterton, who will play both soccer and basketball at Southern Virginia next year. Last Thursday, Winterton was recognized as CBS19's Student Athlete of the Week.

Sitting between Winterton and Sheedy on Wednesday was soccer player Grace Williams. Her next stop is Emory and Henry.

"It means so much to me. Because a lot of the people I play with now, they're going to be done at the end of this season," Williams said. "But to say I have four more years with this sport, it's really special to me."

The three other Patriots at the table on Wednesday were all football players. Two of them will play in the ODAC next season: offensive lineman Matt Reese at Shenandoah, and linebacker Eric Taylor at Hampden-Sydney.

"Oh, it's amazing. It's been a dream come true," Taylor said. "So I'm glad that I can continue my football career at Hampden-Sydney."

"It'll be really fun. I can't wait," said Reese. "I hope to win some games, work hard, and just achieve a lot of stuff there."

Cornerback Marquan Jones will play for head coach Scott Wachenheim at VMI.

"Coach Wach is a great guy," Jones said. "He knows me by name, and that's what set VMI apart. It's really about the family aspect, and it's about the team environment, and I really like that."

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