Four Wiregrass athletes sign letters of intent



Pitcher Cade Snell fulfilled a lifetime dream Wednesday.

Snell signed a letter of commitment to Auburn University. The senior has attracted the attention of colleges and universities such as Georgia and Alabama.

He feels the plains is home and is looking forward to being part of the Tiger baseball team.

“It seems like home and I want to thank the coaches for making it seem like I’m one of them. I want to thank the Auburn family…War Eagle,” Snell said.

In addition, Cade’s catcher signed to the next level as well.

Carson Brannon will head to Brewton and play for the Coastal Alabama Warhawks next year.

“It shows the talent that we have here and really the best we can be,” Brannon said.

Both Snell and Brannon believe the talent at Wicksburg is high on the radar of collegiate athletic programs nationwide.


Senior softball pitcher Stephanie Schoonover signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Kentucky Wednesday.

Schoonover is believed to be the first Rebel athlete to receive an SEC scholarship. In high school, Stephanie has a .134 ERA, 296 strikeouts, and three no-hitters. At the plate, Stephanie has 15 HR and a .370 batting average.

Stephanie says the University of Kentucky seems like home, and they have an excellent dental college. Her career goal is to become a dentist.

“I took time to evaluate my offers but I remember talking to my dad and saying this is where I want to go to school,” Schoonover said.

Stephanie still has her senior season as a rebel, but she couldn’t be any happier with choosing Kentucky.

Dale County

Dale County’s Elizabeth Rodebaugh signed her national letter of intent to play softball at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Rodebaugh believes a big part of her recruitment was feeling comfortable and finding a place that felt like another home.

Rodebaugh says the bond with the coaches was strong. The bond reminded her of her father — who’s apart of helping her become the player she is today.

“This is what I’ve worked for all my life, you know, it’s overwhelming and it’s kind of a loss of words to describe it,” Rodebaugh said. “The coaches everywhere, for all my teams, have really prepared me and helped me become the player that I am.”

As for what she wants to accomplish with her the Warriors this year, Liz hopes they can take it all and come away with a ring.

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