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Sports signing day at Richmond Hill High School
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Lacrosse goalie Machaela Smith is pictured with family members after signing to play at Piedmont College. Photo by Hollie Lewis.
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Utility baseball player Cameron Gilkey signed to play at Eastern Georgia State. Photo by Hollie Lewis.

Four Richmond Hill High School seniors made their college choices official May 8 when they signed letters of intent to play their respective sport at the collegiate level.

The signees were William Evans, a wrestler who inked with Newberry College; Machaela Smith, a lacrosse goalie who will play at Piedmont College; baseball pitcher Nick McCollum, who signed to play at Georgia Southwestern and utility baseball player Cameron Gilkey who is headed to East Georgia State College.

Evan’s said, “Out of all of the colleges I visited and went to and got offers from, I felt most at home at Newberry College with the coaches the team and the facilities.”  Evans was a standout on RHHS’s wrestling team by finishing second in the state at 152 pounds.

Smith stated, “I plan to try my hardest, condition, practice every single day, do anything I can to help the team, support them.”

This year RHHS’s baseball team made history with the most wins by finishing with a record of 23-8.

Regional pitcher of the year McCollum will be continuing as a pitcher with the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes on a baseball scholarship. “It’s a very nice campus and a very well put together baseball program and the scholarship they offered me was one I couldn’t beat.”

Gilkey was named utility player because of his 1st baseman 3rd baseman and pitching abilities. Gilkey said, “Eastern Georgia State coaches reached out to mine and they said I would be a really good fit for their program. I went out there and I enjoyed the campus and I liked the coaches."

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William Evans, surrounded by friends, family and coaches, signed to wrestle at Newberry College. Photo by Hollie Lewis.
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Pitcher Nick McCollum signed to play baseball at Georgia Southwestern. Photo by Hollie Lewis.
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