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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:22 pm

Enterprise High School hosted its spring signing day ceremony May 8, in celebration of 11 students who signed to continue their athletic careers in college.

“Today is a very exciting time for all of our students…but it’s a very exciting time for the 11 student-athletes (who signed),” Enterprise principal Matt Rodgers said. “It’s a very exciting time for their parents, a very exciting time for their coaches (and) their teammates. This is a celebration of a lot of hard work, dedication, a lot of years of pain, sweat and effort on a lot of people’s part, which has come to a culmination today.”

Zach den Besten signed to play soccer at Huntingdon College. He played center midfield for the Wildcat soccer team, where he scored two goals his sophomore year and seven as a senior.

den Besten was a member of the AHSAA South All-Star team his junior year, and served as a varsity captain during his senior season. He was also one of 11 nominees for the 2013 Bo Harrell Memorial Award.

Joshua Boykin signed to play basketball at Enterprise State Community College.

He averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks per game. During his Wildcat basketball career, Boykin recorded 850 points, 600 rebounds and 100 blocks.

Branden Butler will join Boykin at ESCC as the Boll Weevils’ videographer. Butler has filmed for the Enterprise boys and girls basketball teams, as well as the Lady Cat volleyball team. He received a full scholarship to ESCC to continue filming.

Ryan Holub played soccer for the Wildcats and will continue his career on the pitch at Shorter University in Rome, Ga.

Deidre Jones signed to play basketball at Faulkner State Community College.

Jones compiled 318 points, 87 rebounds and 87 assists. She averaged 6.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in her career.

Enterprise wide receiver Manny Jones signed a scholarship to play football at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

Jones caught 44 passes for 702 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior season on the gridiron. He also played basketball at Enterprise.

Tre’Von McNeal also signed a scholarship to continue his football career at Delta State.

He recorded 26 tackles, 21 assists, eight pass breakups two interceptions and one caused fumble as a senior. McNeal also played basketball throughout his time at Enterprise.

Mary Evelyn Owens, who reached the state doubles tennis finals as a junior, will continue playing tennis on the college level at Snead State Community College in Boaz.

As a member of the Lady Cats tennis team, Owens was 37-4 in singles play. She recorded 26 wins and just five losses in doubles play.

Emily Smith will play college softball at the University of Mobile.

She has three home runs, 18 RBIs and 18 walks. Smith also posted a .378 on base percentage and a 95 percent fielding percentage this season.

Ravon Tyson will play basketball for the ESCC Weevil Women.

She posted 332 points, 95 rebounds and 58 assists in her Enterprise career. Tyson averaged six points and 1.7 rebounds per game as a Lady Cat.

Tiffany Williams also signed a scholarship to play basketball at ESCC.

She recorded 225 points, 202 rebounds and 12 assists in her Enterprise career.

Williams averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Rodgers addressed the parents, teachers and coaches in attendance at the ceremony, but his biggest message was given to those who signed scholarships.

“I want to challenge you signees, that wherever you go, wherever you travel, you always take a piece of Enterprise and Enterprise High School in particular with you,” he said. “You carry on the banner of an excellent school, an excellent school system and a top-notch sports program.”

Rodgers concluded his statements and ushered in the signing process with words of encouragement for the future college student-athletes.

“We believe in you,” he said. “We’re proud of your accomplishments and we expect nothing but your best.”

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