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LC Successfully Prepares Student-Athletes to Compete at Four-Year Institutions

March 24, 2016

Helping students build a solid foundation that will motivate them to finish their education at four-year colleges and universities is one of the primary missions of Louisburg College. Academic success often accompanies success in a variety of other campus activities, including athletics.

The Hurricanes' rich tradition of achievement in athletics hasn't gone unnoticed by institutions that compete in all three NCAA divisions, who offer LC graduates the opportunity to continue playing the sport they love. Because LC student-athletes are held to a high standard academically, and compete athletically against some of the top junior colleges and two-year schools, they are prepared to succeed in the classroom and the athletic arena when they continue their playing career at a four-year institution.

"We are proud of what our student-athletes achieve while members of the Louisburg College community," says Dr. Mark La Branche, President. "We expect them to succeed in both their academic and athletic pursuits, and they continue to exceed those expectations. As a result, our student-athletes are highly-sought by some of this region's top four-year colleges and universities, who understand that a Louisburg College graduate is a well-rounded student who will make a significant contribution to their campus community."

So far in the 2015-16 academic year, a total of 26 Louisburg College student-athletes have signed letters of intent or made verbal commitments to four-year colleges and universities. Others expect to receive offers to sign in the coming weeks and months, and will continue to select schools throughout the spring and summer. Listed below are signees, along with the four-year school they will attend, position on their team, and hometown:

Football (Fall 2015 record: 7-1)

*Theis Bagnkop--University of North Carolina, Charlotte (Offensive lineman, Frederikshavn, Denmark)--Anchored an offensive line that allowed LC to lead the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in rushing offense with 336 yards per game.

*Elridge Boykin--Liberty University (Defensive lineman, High Point, NC)--Had 9 tackles, 1 quarterback sack and 4 tackles-for-loss as the Hurricanes' defense allowed just 266 total yards per game.

*Darian Curley--Averett University (Running back, Stony Creek, Va.)--Was team's second-leading rusher with 619 yards (77.4 per game); led Louisburg with 10 rushing touchdowns.

*Charlie Davisson--Campbell University (Wide receiver, Raleigh, NC)--Caught 2 passes for 37 yards in an offense that primarily focused on running the ball.

*Elie Gerdak--University of Florida (Offensive lineman, Columbia, SC)--Helped pave the way for LC's rushing attack that led the NJCAA with 336 yards per game.

Men's Soccer (Fall 2015 record: 24-1, won NJCAA Division I national championship)

*Steven James--West Virginia University (Defender, Sussex, England)--Named to NJCAA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America teams.

*Alex Kao--University of Connecticut (Midfielder, Paris, France)--7 goals, 1 assist during 2015 season; 2nd-team NSCAA All-America.

*Sam Popp--Northern Michigan (Forward, Northville, MI)--Appeared in all 25 games, scoring 5 goals along with 11 assists.

*Zephania Ward--University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Defender, Charlotte, NC)--Helped the Hurricanes post 11 shutouts, good for 3rd nationally in the NJCAA.

Women's Soccer (Fall 2015 record: 11-6)

*Regan Collins--Barton College (Defender/Midfielder, Wilson, NC)--Scored 3 goals and added 1 assist.

*Selena Montelongo--University of Mt. Olive (Midfielder, Dallas, Texas)--Had 22 points on 5 goals and 11 assists.

*Abigail Ross--University of Mt. Olive (Goalkeeper, Rocky Mount, NC)--Third-team NJCAA All-America; started 15 of team's 17 games, recording 6 shutouts.

Men's Cross Country (Fall 2015: Won Region X championship, finished 8th at NJCAA national meet)

*Kirkland Brooks--Montreat College (Chesapeake, Va.)--Ran a personal-best time of 1:54.01 in the 800 meters as a freshman.

*Austin Crawford--University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Fayetteville, NC)--Finished 15th at Region X meet with 8K time of 26:59. Part of men's distance medley relay team that finished 4th at national indoor meet on March 4.

*Frisco Poole--University of North Carolina, Asheville (Charlotte, NC)--Made All-Region X team and won region meet with a time of 24:18; finished 28th in NJCAA national meet with a time of 26:25. Named 2nd-team NJCAA All-America. Part of men's distance medley relay team that finished 4th at national indoor meet on March 4.

*Jay Spieler--Auburn University (Winston-Salem, NC)--Made All-Region X team; finished 6th in region meet with a time of 25:14. Part of men's distance medley relay team that finished 4th at national indoor meet on March 4.

*Jimmy Yokel--University of North Carolina, Asheville (Destin, Fla.)--Made All-Region X team and finished 7th in region meet with a time of 25:17.

*Haben Zemichael--Radford University (Tigray, Ethiopia)--Made All-Region X team and finished 4th in region meet with a time of 24:49. Finished 48th at NJCAA national meet with a time of 26:53. Named Honorable Mention NJCAA All-America.

Women's Cross Country (Fall 2015: Won Region X championship; finished 18th at NJCAA national meet)

*Katey Greer--Coastal Carolina University (Clayton, NC)--Made All-Region X team and finished 5th in region 5K meet with a time of 19:57

*Dana Johnson--Pfeiffer University (Fuquay-Varina, NC)--Finished 11th in region meet with a time of 22:20.

*Natalie Manning--University of North Carolina, Pembroke (Rocky Mount, NC)--Made All-Region team and finished 6th in region meet with a time of 20:26.

*Mariah Quintero--George Mason University (Round Hill, Va.)--Made All-Region team and finished 3rd in region meet with a time of 19:11. Finished 14th in the 3K at the Indoor national meet March 4 with a time of 10:58.

Women's Basketball (2015-16 record: 23-7, Region X runner-up)

*Iresha Cooper--Coker College (Guard/Forward, Hemingway, SC)--Named to All-Region X team; started 24 games, led team in scoring (12.7 points per game), rebounding (7.7 per game) and field goal percentage (58.3).

Baseball (2016 Record: 20-35)

*Jordan Sergent--High Point University (Pitcher/Outfielder/Infielder, Chesapeake, Va.)--Appeared in all but one game for the Hurricanes, leading the team with 50 runs-batted-in. Led team with a .329 batting average; also had a team-high 8 home runs. Stole 18 bases to go along with 10 doubles and a team-leading 4 triples. Also pitched 21-2/3 innings, striking out 15.

*Bryce Myers--Campbell University (Infielder/Outfielder, Chesapeake, Va.)--Led the team with 58 hits and 17 doubles while batting .310. Hit 6 home runs and drove in 34 runs, while scoring a team-high 51 runs. Stole 26 bases in 28 attempts.

*Trevor Poole--Winston-Salem State University (Pitcher, Garner, NC)--Missed the 2016 with injury and subsequent arm surgery.

Softball (2016 Record: 31-16)

*Ryann Kostandin--North Carolina Central University (Infielder/Outfielder, Rolesville, NC)--Finished the season second on the team in batting average (.369) and stolen bases (15). Had a team-high 59 hits and tied for the team lead in doubles with 12. Hit 4 home runs and drove in 28 runs while playing in all 47 games.

*Lauren Sitterson--North Carolina Central University (Pitcher, Bear Grass, NC)--Started 25 games and posted a 19-8 record. Also registed 2 saves. Tallied 18 complete games and a team-high 155 innings pitched. Also led the team with a 2.21 ERA. At the plate, batted .320 with 17 RBI.

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