On Wednesday, May 8, hard work and dedication paid off for eight Enterprise High School student athletes as they signed letters-of-intent to move on to the college level of their sport.
Three basketball players and a baseball player have decided to stay close to home and accept offers from Enterprise State Community College. Gwen Mitchell, Ja’Juan Hayes and Randale Holloway all accepted scholarships to play basketball at ESCC, while Connor Purvis accepted a preferred walk-on invite from ESCC.
Tennis star Gage Anderson also signed with Wallace State-Hanceville and Jordan Colacicco signed with Auburn-Montgomery to run cross country. Cheerleaders Madison Gray and Kylie Himes also accepted offers to join the cheer squads of South Alabama and Coastal Alabama respectively.
Anderson – the son of Ginger and Kenny Anderson – was a four-year member of the varsity tennis team and the No. 1 seed for the team in 2018 and 2019. He went 20-0 in the regular season in 2017 and was selected in the UTSA Southern Boys Championship in 2018.
In his four years at EHS he has compiled a record of 40-5 and was the 2016 Ozark Crawdad Classic Champion, 2014 Linda Stewart Memorial Classic Champion, 2016 Dothan Country Club Champion, 2016 Pink Classic Champion and 2018 William Bill Morris Classic Champion. Anderson will join the tennis team at Wallace State-Hanceville.
Colacicco – the daughter of Chris and Suzanne Colacicco – is a four-year member of the EHS track and cross country teams, but was forced to overcome some major adversity during her sophomore season.
After breaking her leg in a race in 2017 she also had to miss the entire 2018 season to recover from the injury and returned with a vengeance as a senior qualifying for the state meet in track as a 4x800-meter relay team. Colacicco will continue her cross country career at Auburn-Montgomery.
Gray – the daughter of Bill and Joni Gray – was a member of the EHS cheer program for four years and also competed on the EHS Competition Cheer Squad.
She was a member of squads that placed fourth in the Class 7A State Cheer Championship in both 2015 and 2016 along with third place in 2017. Her squad also earned the UCA Southern Regional Championship in both 2015 and 2017 along with the National Peanut Festival Championship in 2015 and 2017.
Gray will cheer for South Alabama next season.
Himes – the daughter of Brett and Sherry Himes – was also a member of the cheer squad for four years. Himes received the EHS Cheer Life Saver Award in 2019 and also received academic awards for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in each of the past three years.
Hayes – the son of Juan and Christina Hayes – was a star on the EHS basketball team for each of the last four years and in 2019 was a part of a Wildcat basketball team that reached the Elite 8.
Hayes averaged 12.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as a senior and earned the Marcus Hornsby Award this season. He also earned All-Tournament honors twice in the Dothan Hoops Classic in 2018 and 2019, twice in the Class 7A, Area 3 Tournament in 2018 and 2019 and in the Class 7A Regional Tournament in 2019.
Hayes was also the EHS Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 and will be continuing his basketball career at ESCC. Before heading to ESCC Hayes will compete in the Second Annual Wiregrass Basketball All-Star Game on May 18 in Ashford.
Holloway – the son of Randale Sr. and Melissa Holloway – played for EHS for the past four seasons but really came into his own as a senior averaging 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and one assist per game. Holloway’s frequent highlight reel dunks routinely brought the crowds at Wildcat Arena to their feet, as well.
In 2019 Holloway earned Class 7A, Area 3 All-Tournament honors and was also the EHS Defensive MVP this season.
Holloway will be joining his teammate at ESCC.
Mitchell – the daughter of Preston Lassic – was a four year star for the EHS Lady Cats basketball team and led EHS with 376 points, 138 rebounds, 30 blocks and 63 steals as a senior. Mitchell scored 927 career points at EHS, as well.
In 2019 Mitchell earned The Southeast Sun Female Basketball Player of the Year Award along with Offensive MVP in both 2018 and 2019 and Class 7A, Area 3 All-Tournament honors in 2018 and 2019.
Mitchell will also be continuing her basketball career at ESCC.
Purvis – the son of Brent and Lynn Purvis – will also be heading to ESCC as a preferred walk-on after boasting a .322 batting average, 30 runs and 11 RBIs as a senior.
In 2019 Purvis also received the Accountability Award and was a member of the 2018 Alabama American Legion Baseball State Champions. He also was a member of the 2018-2019 basketball squad and earned the Wildcat Award during his senior season.