Lady Wildcat basketball point guard Chelsey Ruise and the softball team's Taylor Crummey both signed commitments to attend area colleges recently.
Ms. Ruise will be taking her wealth of skills to Edward Waters College next year after signing a scholarship letter on Wednesday, May 2 in the BCHS Media Center.
The entire Lady Wildcats basketball team watched as Ruise penned the contract to join the Lady Tigers. EWC Coach Charmaine Wilson was in attendance and praised Ruise for skills on and off the court.
“I really liked how Coach (Aaron) Summers talked about Chelsey’s leadership and how the team was a family. That’s what we are at EWC, we’re a family,” said Wilson.
Wilson will be entering her second year as EWC head coach and Ruise is expected to step right in and make an impact.
“We brought her in for a workout and they felt that she can come in and do something on the court that they’ve been really needing,” said her father, Wildcat boys’ head coach Charles Ruise. “If she reports in shape and ready to work they think she can have an instant impact.”Ruise certainly had an impact this season for Summers’ Cats. She was the team’s top scorer with 410 points and a 22-point per game average. But she had more to do on the court than just score.
“She was the unofficial team captain,” said Summers. “We never said it, but everybody knew it. She was someone who led by example.”
Ruise is a gifted all-around athlete. She was a volleyball all-star and a track star at BCHS. But despite interest from the EWC volleyball coach, she will be focusing on basketball.
The NAIA school will probably use her both as a point guard and a shooting guard, where her ability to hit the outside shot and also drive to the basket will be a big help to the Lady Tigers.
“It is a major blessing and a chance for Chelsey to go in and extend what she can do academically and athletically,” said her father.
Crummey to Waycross
Lady Wildcat softball star Taylor Crummey signed a scholarship with Waycross College on May 8 in the BCHS Media Center.
Crummey led the Wildcats in batting this year and had strong fielding stats at the first base position.
She will fill a need for coach Bryan Hartley’s Swamp Foxes. Her hitting will be a big plus for a team that had a .500 overall record for this past season.
Crummey hit .483 for the Cats with 37 singles, 4 doubles and a home run. She knocked in 24 RBIs and had a .563 slugging percentage. She is a solid fielder, committing only 3 errors and making 242 put outs her senior season.
“Taylor has a great work ethic,” said Coach Franklin Griffis. “She had shoulder surgery over the summer and had to work very hard to play at level she has.”
Griffis is convinced that Crummey could have an immediate impact with the Swamp Foxes. “She has a great opportunity to earn a starting spot,” he said.
Crummey is the daughter of David Crummey and Michelle Jordan.