Senior Athletes Commit to Collegiate Sports Programs

Three senior student-athletes signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level.

On May 17, three senior student-athletes signed letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level when they begin college in fall 2017. Taylor Walker will play women’s lacrosse at Christopher Newport University, Jordan Pointer will play men’s basketball for the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and Terran “Tie” Evans will play men’s basketball for Eastern Mennonite University.

Taylor, who came to Steward in 2010, has played on the varsity girls lacrosse team since eighth grade. She will play for CNU’s Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Division III program under the direction of head coach Lisa Valentine. “I can’t wait to create a new family at CNU just like I created one here at Steward,” Taylor said.

CNU had a 10-7 record this spring and led the conference with a 13.24 goals-per-game average. On a national level, the Captains are 14th in the country with a .521 free-position percentage after converting 49 of their 94 eight-meter shots during the regular season. With her experience as a midfielder, Taylor’s combination of offensive and defensive skills are sure to serve the team well, according to varsity girls lacrosse coach Emily Finn.

Jordan came to Steward in 2015 and has been a top scorer and rebounder for Steward’s varsity boys basketball team. He will play for UVA-Wise’s Mountain East conference Division II program under the direction of head coach Blake Mellinger. “I’m excited to start my next journey in college,” Jordan said.

Tie also came to Steward in 2015 and has been a force on the court ever since. He will play for EMU’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Division III program under the direction of head coach Kirby Dean. “I really didn’t know I was going to be playing college basketball until about a month ago,” Tie said. “I’m excited to work with a new team and try to finish higher than what I committed at this year.”

UVA-Wise scored an average 79.2 points per game this season, and the EMU Royals scored an average of 80.4 points. Steward’s former varsity boys basketball coach Jamiel Allen said that both Jordan and Tie’s quick thinking on the court is sure to help their new teams be even more competitive next year.

Director of Athletics Bruce Secrest directed the ceremony and photo opportunities (click here to see all photos), citing each of the students’ outstanding character as well as their athletic skill: “We are extremely proud of all three of these athletes and what they’ve accomplished. They have been great ambassadors for our program and we’re excited to see what lies ahead of them. There’s no doubt in my mind that these universities are receiving high quality young people with a drive to succeed.”





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