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7 PC athletes announce college choices

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

The main goal of sports is to win, but there is also a secondary goal that stays in the back of the mind of every young athlete who takes the field. That goal is to take their game to the next level. Thursday, seven Pulaski County High School athletes made their college choices official in a ceremony at the Little Theatre.

 

Carrie Smith has been a standout track and field athlete since first starting her journey in middle school. Smith made her formal announcement Thursday that she will continue her education and track and field career at Radford University.

 

Alexis Phillips has been a shining star in the world of women’s basketball since her early days in the recreation league. Despite an injury that has held her back since early last season, her potential is still great enough that she will play college basketball at Concord University.

 

Brody Fields has been mostly recognized as a standout lineman in Pulaski County, but beginning in the fall he will continue the work he has started with the Cougar track and field team as a member of the Emory and Henry Wasps track program.

 

Joining Fields at Emory and Henry is another football standout, Kellen Dalton, who will take on the challenge of being a football player for the Wasps. Dalton is expected to see time at receiver and possibly defensive back, along with special teams.

 

Jon Osteen will be the next Cougar to head to Concord University, where he will continue his baseball playing days as a member of the Mountain Lions baseball team. Osteen has been a multiple year starter for Cougar Coach Jared King, and could see playing time at several positions.

 

Bailey Ayers has made continual improvements through his high school baseball career, and that hard work and dedication caught the eye of Bluefield College, where he will play baseball for the Rams.

 

Finally, with over 1,000 career points for the Cougar basketball team under his belt, CC Grubb will take his talents to Bluefield College as well, where he will be expected to fight for immediate playing time as a member of the Rams basketball team.

 

There are still several Cougar and Lady Cougar athletes who may have the chance to continue their playing days at the next level. Be sure to check back for updates as they become available.

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