The Newnan Times-Herald


Local athletes sign scholarships

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  • Nov. 15, 2018 - 7:14 AM

Local athletes sign scholarships

The Newnan Times-Herald


After a whirlwind recruiting process, East Coweta softball pitcher Kelley Lynch is headed to the northwest to continue her softball career at the University of Washington.

After originally committing to Auburn, Lynch narrowed her final choices to the University of Florida and current NCAA champion Florida State before finally signing on the dotted line  with Washington.

Lynch, who was last year’s Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year, had a record breaking career with the Lady Indians.

In addition to helping lead the Lady Indians to back-to-back state crowns, Lynch rewrote both the offensive and defensive record book at East Coweta.

Lynch finished her senior season with a 17-0 record, a .027 ERA and 236 strikeouts.

Her career numbers are just as eye-popping. From the pitching circle, she finished with a 52-6 record, including 746 strikeouts.

On the offensive side, she had a career batting average of .443 with 181 hits, 47 doubles, 29 home runs, 57 walks and 159 RBIs.

She also was named top prospect of the Class of 2019 among its annual Top 100 list of high school recruits.

Lynch was among a host of high school seniors taking advantage of the first national signing day of the 2018-19 school year, allowing athletes in softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer among other sports to sign national letters of intent with colleges. 

Lynch was not the only major Division I signing among girls sports at East Coweta on Wednesday. 

Senior soccer striker Laney Steed inked a national letter of intent to play at the University of Florida.

Steed joined teammates Ellie Watson, Haley Cox and Abbie Chaves among Lady Indians that signed on Wednesday at the high school. 

At The Heritage School, 2017-18 Newnan Times-Herald Most Valuable Player Lance Terry signed a basketball scholarship with Gardner Webb, joining Trinity Christian’s Erick Valdez among recent recruits here locally by the Bulldogs. 

Trinity Christian baseball senior Kyle Riesselmann also signed a national letter of intent with Georgia State and East Coweta’s Ryan Dyal signed a baseball scholarship to Auburn.