A Successful Signing Day for 7 Gaither Athletes


7 Gaither athletes are signed to their respective colleges, pictured.

Rachel Slay, Staff Writer


This afternoon the Gaither High School Spring College Signing Ceremony took place in the media center. The seven athletes were joined by their coaches, parents and teammates as they officially signed to play for their respective colleges and universities.
The ceremony was commenced by athletic director and Assistant Principal of Administration Jackie Eisenhower, who gave a short speech about how notable it is that these students were going on to play after high school. Then, each coach introduced their players and spoke briefly about them.
Softball coach Jerome Murray went first, speaking about his three athletes collectively, saying the team wouldn’t be what it is without them. He was followed by Coach Karl Mason.
“These guys have had some serious adversities, and to get up and be able to keep going is the reason they’re here today,” said Mason.
Shortstop Alyssa Gennaro will be heading to Jacksonville University, and pitcher Bridget Heslin will be joined by center fielder Taylor Tremmel as they move on to play for Pasco Hernando State College.
Next was baseball player Chase Ali, who will be playing for Keisier University West Palm Beach. Ali faced a tough injury prior to the start of his senior season, leaving him with a torn ACL and an uphill battle. Ali’s coach, Nelson North, spoke words of encouragement to his player.
“If you keep up this work ethic and work though this, I think you’ll have a great baseball career,” said North.
Head football coach Kirk Karsen stepped up to close out the ceremony with his three athletes. Karsen had nothing but great things to say about each individual and wished them the best of luck in their future.
Two-year captain Damien Lomeli, moving on to play for Carthage College in Wisconsin, made it back from a track meet just in time to hear his coach’s kind words.
Wide receiver Adrian Higgins will be going to Southeastern to play for the Fire. Karsen shared a short anecdote about Higgins’ stellar performance in the regular season game against Tampa Bay Tech.
“He is an incredible young man. He has a relentless attitude in and out of the classroom,” said Karsen.
Last was Zephinia, or “Z”, Williams, who received high praises from his coach. Williams regularly attends Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, but since they do not have a football team, he plays for the Cowboys. He will be going to play for Florida Tech.
“He’s one of the few guys I invite to my house for Christmas dinner, which just tells you the kind of kid he is. I see an incredibly bright future for him,” said Karsen.
After the coaches made their introductions, parents and friends gathered around to watch and capture the moment the athletes signed to their schools.