Patriot athletes formerly announce college plans

  • Friday, February 7, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene From left: Fort Dorchester seniors Thomas Pittman, Nick Tononi, Andrew Kephart, Allison Sorrenson and Autumn Stone sign their National Letter of Intent Wednesday.

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Five more Fort Dorchester students are moving on to college athletics.

A football player, soccer player and three Patriot cross country runners signed a National Letter of Intent with the college of their choice Wednesday during a National Signing Day celebration in the schools auditorium.

Offensive lineman Nick Tononi signed with the Charleston Southern University football team. The Fort senior is one of 26 players who have already signed with the Bucs, a team coming off a school-record, 10-win season.

Ive always dreamed of playing on the college level so Im just glad to get the opportunity but Im really pleased that it will be CSU, Tononi said. I like their coaching staff and what they are doing there. With them being right here Ive been keeping an eye on them the last couple of years and they are improving every year.

Patriot mid-fielder Andrew Kephart signed with the Francis Marion University Mens Soccer Team.

I love their staff, Kephart said. I went to a camp there and all the coaches I got to know are amazing so I think its a good place for me.

Thomas Pittman signed with the Francis Marion Cross Country Team.

I like what they offer in the academic field Im interested in, Pittman said. Ill get a good education and Im excited about the opportunity.

Allison Sorrenson signed with the Erskine College Cross Country Team.

Its a great school, she said. Everything about it is nice. The first time I visited I knew it was the place for me.

Autumn Stone will run for the Converse College Cross Country team and the Converse Track Team.

They have a gorgeous campus, Stone said. It is a great college. All of my visits there were great so I think it will be a good fit for me.

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