Daily Journal reports
Charde Hannah skipped her junior season in high school soccer, but returned this year to help a Tupelo team riddled with injuries reach the Class 6A state semifinals.
Hannah, a forward, signed a national letter of intent Thursday to play for South Alabama.
“I was very excited to play my senior season,” she said. “I got to play for coach (Hannah) Kimbrough, who was an amazing coach and an amazing player. I was surrounded by amazing teammates.
“We tried our best to win a state championship.”
Tupelo lost 3-1 to rival Madison Central in Wednesday’s playoff.
Hannah selected South Alabama because the campus in Mobile, Ala., “felt like home” to her. She also wanted to play for a rising program. The Jaguars won a conference champion-ship this season.
“They’ve turned their program around,” she said. “I want to be a part of it.”
Still a Bulldog
Katelyn Watson said she has been a Bulldog as long as she can remember. Only now, it’s official.
The New Albany midfielder signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday – national signing day – to become one of 14 new members of the MSU soccer team.
Watson, who led Brandon High to a 6A title in 2012 before transferring, is New Albany’s first Division I soccer signee.
“It’s a great honor,” she said. “I’m very excited.”
Watson, who was born in Starkville and has a grandfather who played baseball for the Bulldogs, had to prove herself to MSU twice.
She attended a camp following her sophomore year and accepted an offer to play for coach Neal Macdonald. Macdonald was fired in Oct. 2012. But Watson again accepted a scholarship, from new MSUcoach Aaron Gordon.
An All-Division 1-4A selection last season, the 5-foot-7 Watson said the weight room is high on her SEC agenda.
“Lifting weights, getting stronger,” Watson said of her plans, “just being able to improve and work on my skills. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Delta State bound
Mooreville midfielders Lakyn Cryder and Madison Parham, who led the Lady Troopers to the state semifinals, will be taking their skills to Delta State next season.
The two signed Thursday with the Lady Statesmen.
“I love the academics there and the soccer program,” said Cryder, who led the team in scoring with 21 goals.
Cryder and Parham have been with the program since it started in 2009-10.
“I’m really glad to have been a part of it,” Parham said. “I hope we’ve built a foundation for future Mooreville teams.”
Drope to NW Louisiana
Pontotoc center midfielder Shelby Drope, the Daily Journal’s Player of the Year in 2011 as a freshman, signed with Northwestern Louisiana State.
“I considered other options, but the coaches there are the ones who sold me,” she said.
Tupelo’s Forrest Timmons signed with Delta State while teammate Sabi Malli inked with Itawamba Community College.
Contributing: Gene Phelps, BrandonSpeck