Four Northside athletes sign on to compete at the college level in soccer, track

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 7, 2013 

With national signing day in the rearview, Northside High closed out the Bi-City area signings for the week with a ceremony on Thursday afternoon.

Three soccer players (Meagan McKay and Stephanie Kolwicz from the girls team and Andrew Leuer from the boys) and a track athlete (Tay Sears) signed national letters of intent to continue their careers at the college level.

McKay will attend Georgia Southwestern, Kolwicz Georgia State, Leuer North Georgia College and State, and Sears Western Kentucky.

For the girls soccer team, it's the first time the Lady Patriots have had two signees in the same season.

"I'm very excited," McKay said on Thursday. "I was very nervous, but I'm glad that the process is over with and I know where I'm going."

All four said that they were excited to begin work at the next level and, despite not knowing what to expect once they join the team, are going in with an open mind and willing to do whatever they're asked.

"I'm excited to play," said Kolwicz, who said she will play midfield at Georgia State. "I hope to start and contribute and to be an asset to the team."

Leuer said that a few freshman were able to have early success and playing time at NGCSU this season, and he hopes to have the same opportunity when he joins the team.

"Next year, I should get to play as a freshman," he said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to make an impact. That's really what they recruited me for, to make an impact on the team."

Leuer said that he isn't sure what position they'll have him play, though he said he is more of an attacker with the Patriots.

Sears said that whatever happens for him in the future, he's just happy to have a chance.

"For me, I didn't even know I'd be here today," he said. "I'm just happy for the opportunity. I thank God for the opportunity."

Sears said that, despite not having the grades early in high school, when he began to realize he had a chance to compete at the next level he pushed himself in the classroom to give himself a chance.

"I made a 180 to get here today," he said. "I started getting more letters in the mail and figured that I needed to tighten up."

Sears is also a member of the Patriots basketball team, which is currently 19-4 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAA.

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