SHS Announces the Signing of 12 Student-Athletes!
Twelve Seniors at Spartanburg High School who will continue their athletic careers next year and who were going to be honored formally today in the SHS gym, instead gathered in their homes around dining room tables surrounded by family and friends to sign national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level.
Our Spring Signing Day features 12 student-athletes who will participate in five different sports. Athletic Director Todd Staley’s message to the honorees was to weather the storm and then look for those silver linings. He reminded them they must believe in their importance to leave a legacy and noted his appreciation to what each had accomplished in the classroom, in the community, and especially on our playing field. Today is also a recognition of our coaching staff and the wonderful example they set for our students.
Here’s a list of signees and where they’re heading:
Anna Bevis – North Greenville University, cross country
Jack Graham – Wofford College, cross country
Thomas Ashby – Pfeiffer University, baseball
Wesley Harper – USC – Sumter, baseball
Jamare Benjamin – SC State University, football
Zione Meadows – SC State University, football
Payton Ruff – Averett University, football
Henry Bishop –Samford University, football
Sa’Gee Eason – Presbyterian College, football
Nolan Brown – Fort Scott Community College, track
Rushil Patel – Swarthmore College, tennis
Shelby Kincannon – Lee University, lacrosse
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Anna Bevis – Anna is the daughter of Shep and Amanda Bevis. Anna is a 4-year runner in cross country & track having run for three years with the Forsyth Home Educators in North Carolina and her senior year with Spartanburg High School. In 2018 she was honored as the Most Outstanding Girls Runner, the Team Captain’s Award, and was All-Conference in the 1600m and 3200m events. Today, she is signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic career in cross country and track at North Greenville University where she plans to major in Psychology.
Jack Graham – Jack is the son of Elizabeth and Pepper Graham. Jack has been a member of the Viking cross country team for the past six years having lettered the last four years. During his time on the cross country team, Jack has been awarded the Coaches Award, Most Improved Runner Award and the Senior Academic Award. As a long-distance runner for the Viking track team, Jack has competed in the 800m, 1600m and 3200m events. Today, Jack is signing his National Letter of Intent to continue his athletic career in cross country and track at Wofford College where he plans to major in Environmental Science.
Thomas Ashby – Thomas is the son of Hunter and Mary Ashby. Thomas has been a member of the baseball and swimming programs at Spartanburg High School for the last six years having lettered in baseball the last two years and swimming the last four years. An All-Region performer in swimming the past three years, Thomas was batting .318 with 1 Double, 1 Triple and 2 stolen bases this season as the baseball team was off to a 5 – 1 start on the season. Today, Thomas is signing his National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Pfeiffer University in Salisbury, NC where he plans to major in Health and Exercise Science.
Wesley Harper – Wesley is the son of Yvonne and Will Harper. Wes has been a member of the Viking baseball program for the past six years having lettered on the varsity the last three years. The lead-off batter and centerfielder, Wesley is a mainstay on the Viking team helping lead his team to a 5 – 1 regular season record to start this spring. Having been honored as a Diamond Prospects Gold Glove Team member last year, Wesley this season was batting .311, had an on base percentage of .531 and had 14 stolen bases. Today, Wesley is signing his National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career and education at USC – Sumter where he plans to major in Business.
Jamare Benjamin – Jamare is the son of Ms. Crystal Johnson. Jamare has been a member of the Viking football and track programs the past four years having lettered on both varsity teams the previous two seasons. A mainstay in the Viking football secondary, Jamare had 38 solo tackles, 2 tackles for losses and 4 pass break-ups his senior season and 57 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 3 pass break-ups and 1 interception for a defensive touchdown his junior season. For his play, Jamare was recognized as Region II – 5A All-Region is junior year. On National Signing Day for football in February, Jamare signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career and education at SC State University where he plans to major in Physical Science Education.
Zione Meadows – Zione is the son of Ms. Takelia Meadows and grandson of Dietra Meadows Jefferies. Zione has been a member of the Viking football and track programs for the past four years. A defensive end for the football team and a shot put and discus thrower for the track team, Zione lettered the last two years in each sport. His two-year stats totals for football are 51 solo tackles, 40 assisted tackles, 4.5 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, 2 caused fumbles and 2 deflected passes. On National Signing Day for football in February, Zione signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career and education at SC State University where he plans to major in Business.
Payton Ruff – Payton is the son of Mark and Tonya Ruff. A member of the Viking football program the previous four years, Payton lettered his senior year as a member of the starting offensive line. As well, Payton participated in the Vikings track and wrestling programs having lettered in wrestling his sophomore year. Today, Payton is signing his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career and education at Averett University in Virginia where he plans on majoring in Marketing.
Henry Bishop – Henry is the son of Whit and Alison Bishop. Henry has been a member of the Viking football program for four years having lettered on the varsity the past three years. As the Vikings kicking specialist, Henry connected on 80 of 82 extra points, 17 out of 24 field goals and averaged 42.7 yards per punt his senior year. For his accomplishments on the field, Henry was honored as a member of 2019 SC Shrine Bowl Team and received the 2019 SC Specialist of the Year Award by the SC Football Coaches Association. His honors also included being named All-Region, All-Area and All-State as well as receiving the SHS David Duncan Award this past season. Today, Henry is signing his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career and education at Samford University in Alabama where he plans to major in Political Science and Pre-Law.
Sa’Gee Eason – Sa’Gee is the son of Ms. Artencia Jackson. Sa’Gee has been a member of the Viking football program for four years where he lettered on the varsity team the past two years. A member of the Viking track team as well, Sa’Gee has been a mainstay on the offensive line the past two years having been honored as Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year and with the SHS Max Robbins Academic Award for the highest G.P.A. in the football senior class. Today, Sa’Gee is signing his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career and education at Presbyterian College where he plans to major in Chemistry.
Nolan Brown – Nolan is the son of Ms. Dana Etherdege. Nolan has been a member of the Viking track program for five years having lettered in all five years. A sprinter on the track team, Nolan has been a dominating force in the 100m, 200m, and 400m individual events and the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relay events. His career has been marked by many accomplishments including: 4 State Championships (4x100m & 4x400m relays his sophomore year; 200m & 400m individual events his junior year); 4 County Championships (4x100m relay as a sophomore and 100m, 200m & 400m his junior year); 3 Region Championships (100m, 200m & 400m his junior year); 6 times All-Region honors (the previous three mentioned and the 400m, 4x100m & 4x400m relays his sophomore season) and the Spartanburg Herald Journal Track Athlete of the Year his junior year. Today, Nolan is signing his National Letter of Intent to continue his track career and education at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas and then transfer to North Greenville University to major in Sports Medicine.
Rushil Patel – Rushil is the son of Mahesh and Minal Patel. Rushil has been a member of the Vikings men’s tennis program for six years having lettered in all six years of his participation. During his tenure with the Vikings, Rushil helped in the Vikings being a tennis powerhouse winning 4 consecutive region and 5 consecutive state championships as well as 2 Deco-Turf national championships. Individually, Rushil compiled a won-loss record of 55 – 2 and having been honored as All-Region and All-Area (3x). Today, Rushil is signing is National Letter of Intent to continue his tennis career and education at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Shelby Kincannon – Shelby is the daughter of Andrew and Paula Kincannon. Shelby has been a member of the Vikings girl’s lacrosse program for the previous six years having lettered the last two years on the varsity team. Today, Shelby is signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her lacrosse career and education at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee where she plans to major in nursing.