Panther athletes announce college plans

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Seven Pinewood seniors signed a national letter of intent last week. Pictured are (l to r, front) Raygon Hendrix, Katelyn Dambaugh, Maria Corella, Jenifer Rhodes, (top) AD Nancy Beatty, administrator Brendan Diffley, Joel Roberts, JD Waite, Richard Hubbard, administrator Babette Hamilton and Headmaster Steve Mandell.

Seven Pinewood Prep seniors signed with Division 1 athletic programs Nov. 14.
Three basketball players, two golfers, a baseball player and a tennis player were joined by family and friends in the Eidson Gymnasium where they officially committed to their college of choice by signing a national letter of intent. Once an athlete has signed with a college, officials from other institutions are not allowed to actively recruit them.
“Today is possible because of the hard work of these students and the sacrifices they made for their sport so we are here to let them know we are proud of them,” Pinewood Athletic Director Nancy Beatty said. “But we are also witnessing what these families have invested into their children and into Pinewood so I would like to thank them.”
Katelyn Dambaugh, who led Pinewood to three state girls’ golf championships and was a member of the 2011 Panther boys’ team that claimed a state title, signed with the University of South Carolina golf program. Fellow Panther golfer Richard Hubbard, a member of three Pinewood boys’ state championship teams, signed with the University of Wisconsin golf program.
A trio of seniors who helped the Lady Panthers basketball team earn back-to-back state titles the past two seasons announced their college plans. Raygon Hendrix signed with the United States Air Force Academy; Maria Corella signed with Wofford College; and Jenifer Rhodes signed with Elon College.
JD Waite, a major contributor on the first two Pinewood baseball teams to win a state title, signed to play for Lander College.
Joel Roberts, a doubles state champion who has held a state Top 10 ranking for his division throughout his career, signed with the Presbyterian College tennis program.

JD Waite – Baseball
Lander College

“Playing college baseball has always been a dream of mine so I’m excited. I like the Lander campus and the way it is set up plus they have a new baseball complex. Also, it just feels like the right place for me. I like their coaches and the way they approach the game. I’m looking forward to going there and working with them.”

Waite’s resume:
SCISA All Region team as a freshman, sophomore and junior
SCISA All State as a freshman, sophomore and junior
HSSR/SCISA Mr. Baseball 2012
SCISA AAA State Champions 2009, 2012

Jenifer Rhodes – Basketball
Elon College

“I love the campus and the coach. I met her at a UNC camp and she was great and worked with me one-on-one some. I haven’t always been the most athletic person so I’m excited about being able to go on to the next level.”

Rhodes’ resume:
Best Defensive Player – Pinewood 2012
SCISA All State 2011
SCISA AAA State Champions 2011, 2012
SCISA Co-Player of the Year

Raygon Hendrix – Basketball
United States Air Force Academy

“I haven’t always wanted to go to a military school, but I started considering it the past year. When I visited in October I fell in love with the campus, the coaches and the team. This is a great opportunity. They like to push the floor and that is what I’m good at. Plus, when I graduate I will have one of the best educations in the country.”

Hendrix’s resume:
SCISA All Region 2011, 2012
SCISA All State 2011
Best Defensive Player – Pinewood 2011
MVP – Pinewood 2012
SCISA Co-Player of the Year
SCISA All Star team 2011, 2012
SCISA AAA State Champions 2011, 2012

Maria Corella – Basketball
Wofford College

“I love that it has a sense of community just like Pinewood. Everyone knows everyone and I love their educational program. I’m excited about the games, the crowds and seeing if we will be able to make it to a tournament and experience that.”

Corella’s resume:
SCISA State Champions 2009, 2011, 2012
SCISA All Region Team 2011, 2012
Pinewood Best Offensive Award 2011
Member of Varsity Volleyball Team
SCISA All State 20011, 2012
Pinewood Best Offensive Player Award 2012
SCISA North/South All Star Game 2012
HSSR SCISA AAA Player of the Year 2012
Post & Courier All Low Country Team 2012

Joel Roberts – Tennis
Presbyterian College

“When I went there for a visit the team welcomed me like I was already a teammate. The campus is small and I think that is perfect for me. I narrowed it down to there or Wofford and I think Presbyterian is a better fit for me.”

Roberts’ resume:
SCISA Mixed Doubles and Men’s Doubles State Champion 2010 and 2012
Captain Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Years
SCISA All State Freshman and Sophomore years
Most Outstanding Player – Pinewood 2011 and 2012
USTA Doubles finalist in National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama
Won South Carolina State Doubles Titles U14 and U16
Level 3 Papa John Tournament Champion Boys 18’s
Top 10 in South Carolina whole career
Top 50 in the South whole career
Represented South Carolina in the junior cup and zonal team competitions
Finalist and Winner of numerous Southern tournaments

Richard Hubbard – Golf
University of Wisconsin

“It was a tough descision but I chose Wisconsin because the coaches are phenominal and the facilities are some of the best in the country. The campus is awesome and I feel we will have a team there that will have an opportunity to compete for a national championship.”

Hubbard’s resume:
Won 2010 Daniel Island Mens Club Championship
Finished 3rd in 2010 SCJGA Fall Challenge (11/6-7/2010) 72-74
Placed 5th in SCGA Club Championship (1/22-23) 74-73
2nd place finish at 2011 AJGA Jr at Jones Creek, Augusta (7/25-28) 71-71-75
2nd place finish at 2011 SCJGA Players Championship (11/19-20) 70-71
Placed T40 at Western Junior (6/19-22) 75-71-73-76
Won 2012 US Jr Am Qualifier in Virginia (6/25) 71-64
Finished T17 in 2012 AJGA Webb Simpson Championship (8/14-16) 74-68-71
3rd in 2009, 2010, and 2011 SCISA State Championship
2nd in 2012 SCISA State Championship
2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 SCISA All Region Team
2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 SCISA All State Team
2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 HSSR-SCISA All State Team

Katelyn Dambaugh – Golf
University of South Carolina

“I’m so excited. Growing up I wanted to go to Duke but then I met Coach Kalen Harris a couple of years ago and we clicked right away. I can’t wait to represent my home state and hopefully compete for a national championship.”

Dambaugh’s resume:
CGA Vicki DiSantis- 1st Place
Beth Daniel Jr. Azalea- T1 (Set Tournament Record with a score of 64)
SCISA Girls State Golf team Championship 2012, 2011, 2010
SCISA Girls State Medalist 2012, 2011, 2010
SCISA Girls Player of the Year 2011,2010, 2009
AJGA Wyndham Cup East Team - Champions
SCISA Girl’s All-State Team 2011, 2010, 2009
SCISA Boy’s Region Championship Team
SCISA Boy’s “Region Player of the Year”
SCISA Boy’s State Championship Team (74, 75)
SCISA Boy’s All-State Team
US Girls’ Junior Qualifier- Medalist- Furman University Golf Course (71)
South Carolina Match Play Qualifying Medalist (72)- Camden Country Club
South Carolina Match Play – Semi-Finalists- Camden Country Club
US Women’s Amateur - Charlotte Country Club (81, 73)
41st Annual George Holliday Memorial- 1st Place (68, 72, 73)
NJGT National Champion
NJGT College Prep Tour Champion
Peggy Kirk Bell – Pine Needles Champion
2nd Place finish, Carolinas PGA Championship
P&C All Lowcountry Team (Selected one of the best 5 boys or girls)
SCJGA Fall Swing Qualifier Champion

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