Morgantown’s Nick Malone signed as a preferred walk-on with the West Virginia University football team Wednesday, while three other MHS athletes chose their college destinations, as well.
Malone is happy with the reception he’s gotten from the new Mountaineer coaching staff, and knows there’s a history of successful wvu walk-ons to look up to.
“It’s kind of big. People from Martinsburg, like Justin Ardnt, he’s one of the successful ones. Just thinking that he was a walk-on coming from West Virginia and just how he played and how successful he was just shows what hard work does and does for you,” Malone said.
Malone’s teammate, Aaron Alvarez, alsis also continuing his football career at the next level. Alvarez signed to play corner at Marietta College in Ohio, and that’s even with just one full season of playing at defensive back under his belt.
“It feels natural. He always told me you’re a good athlete, we’re just going to put you out there and see what happens and kind of just roll with it,” Alvarez said.
Fellow Mohigan senior Cody Calvert is also heading to an Ohio-based college to further his athletic career. Calvert signed with Mount Union College to play lacrosse for the Raiders. He’ll look to play midfield and attack at Mount Union after learning early he could play at the collegiate level.
“Once you go to travel, and play tournaments and things like that, and you learn you can compete with different states, you learn you can go to college, and I decided that’s what I was going to do,” said Calvert.
And like Malone, there is another mohigan staying close to home.
MHS tennis champion Mackenzie Sorton is headed to Fairmont State, based on a good relationship she has with the coach, who had seen her play in multiple before recruiting her.
“Tennis is very small in the area, so we go and play a lot of tournaments. I’ve just kind of known her from playing all of the tournaments over the years. And she just knows me both on and off the court through playing the tournaments. And I’m really excited to allow our relationship to continue to grow the next four years,” Sorton said.