Five Raiders sign national letters of intent

Hard work has paid off for five Navarre High School student-athletes.

Soccer players Mariah McKinney, Kayla Folse, Gianna Bly and Cat Baccarini, along with volleyball standout Shelby Freese, signed national letters of intent Wednesday afternoon.

McKinney and Folse will be teammates at Thomas College in Georgia while Bly is headed to Daytona State. Baccarini will continue her athletic career at Faulkner University in Alabama and Freese is off to Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City.

“It feels really good,” Freese said. “I’m excited about getting the opportunity to play in college.”

Folse, who helped the Raiders reach the final four of the state tournament two years ago, wasn’t sure if she would play at the college level, noting “a couple of months ago I was talking about enlisting because I didn’t know what I wanted to do.”

But she was approached by the coach at the school at a camp and the rest is history.

“I talked with the coach at a camp and that changed everything,” Folse said. “I visited the campus and fell in love with it. I’m really happy. Playing college soccer is something I’ve worked for my whole life.”

Folse is looking forward to having a familiar face on the team as well. The Night Hawks were 11-9 a season ago and were the runner-up in the Sun Conference tournament.

“Mariah and I are actually going to room together in the fall,” Folse said. “It’s a big relief having someone there that I know.”

Read more in the April 7 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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