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LRHS athletes sign their National Letters of Intent

Olivia Ryan -Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS held a ceremony for National Signing Day on Wednesday, November 9 in the gym. Seven athletes signed that day and among those seven were five of the LRHS’s softball state champion players.

Once players have signed their letter of intent, the motivation for students to work hard in high school often fades away. This is due to already being accepted into a university.

However, that is not the case for all athletes.

LRHS senior Amanda Lee is a Radford Softball Signee and said, “I know that I am going to have to fight for a spot in college, so I must keep working hard to earn my spot and stay ready.”

Not only do student athletes need to stay motivated for college, but they also need to stay motivated for high school season.

Senior Peyton Knight is committed to Florida National University (FNU).

“I need to get stronger for high school season to prepare for college,” she said.

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Senior Andrea Dietz plans to attend the University of North Florida (UNF) for volleyball. She said, “I look at playing a sport in college more as a job and then anything. The college is paying me to play, so staying motivated is not an option it is required.”

Being a student-athlete is a difficult job, but the motivation piece must be there to be successful.