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GAITHERSBURG – The Quince Orchard High School community celebrated 13 student athletes on Feb. 6, for National Signing Day, as these seniors signed their letters of intent to play their respective sport at the college level starting in the fall. The Cougars will be represented in five different sports at universities and colleges in eight different states.
Seven of the 13 students will be playing football at the next level after the Cougars won the 4A State Championship last December. Defensive end Kevon Carter-Hackey, who recovered a fumble in the state title game and returned it for a touchdown, will be staying local – attending Bowie State University. Defensive end Rashaud Thomas, who blocked an extra-point attempt in the state semifinal game against Wise, will be heading to Fort Union Military Academy. Cornerback Aaron Green, who registered a sack against Wise quarterback Quinton Williams in the semifinals, will take his talents to Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania.
Quince Orchard fans will be able to see wide receiver Chris Webb catching touchdowns for Lafayette College, while guard Logan Moyer will take the field at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. Tackle Jack Williamson will be heading north to Brown University, and receiver Brendan McGonagle will trade in his Quince Orchard red and black for the blue and white of Monmouth University in New Jersey.
Carter-Hackey, who is originally from Augusta, Georgia, had only been a Cougar for a year. However, he will be calling Maryland “home” for the next few years as he plays at Bowie State.
“I felt comfortable. I felt at home, and I made that decision,” said Carter-Hackey. “I’m happy. I’m excited to be playing at the next level and getting that next opportunity.”
While both Carter-Hackey and Webb said that they were going to miss Quince Orchard football, the two athletes expressed excitement about their futures.
“Lafayette showed a lot of love, and they’re a great school for academics,” said Webb about his choice. “I worked hard for this, and it’s a dream come true.”
Daniel Pomerance and Ronin Robertson represented Quince Orchard’s soccer team on Wednesday. Pomerance will take the field at Shepherd University in West Virginia, while Robertson will also be staying local and playing for Frederick Community College.
Alec Sbily will be playing baseball at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and Meredith Canova will be diving for Penn State University.
Long-stick midfielder Logan Feuer will be attending and playing lacrosse for McDaniel College in Maryland.
“I’m excited to be playing in college and the whole lifestyle change, just waking up early and having to go to practice and class every single day,” said Feuer. “McDaniel is a great school for me all-around.”
During her final year at Quince Orchard, defender Kaitlyn Price was able to play soccer on the same team as her sister. Next up, Price will be “tormenting” her opponents on the soccer field while wearing the blue uniform of Emory University in Georgia.
Emory has been on Price’s radar since last summer.
“Everything has kind of just come to life. Ever since (summer) it’s been a really long wait but now it’s happening,” said Price. “Academics were my main focus; school is really important to me. I knew I wanted to go to a good school, and the fact that I get to do that and still play is my dream.”
After introductions from principal Beth Thomas and athletic director Jeff Rabberman on National Signing Day, coaches from each team addressed their players and reminded them of the benefits of hard work. Then, flashbulbs went off as each student signed his or her letter of intent before mingling and taking photographs with family, friends and teammates.