2018-05-17 / Sports

Binns, Booker, Houpt will play at the next level


Zanila Booker (seated, left) and Kiara Binns (seated, right) are accompanied by several of their softball teammates and coaches. Zanila Booker (seated, left) and Kiara Binns (seated, right) are accompanied by several of their softball teammates and coaches. In the last month, three senior Lady Tigers have signed athletic scholarships to play their respective sports at the next level.

Kelsey Houpt signed with Southern Crescent Technical College out of Griffin, Georgia, on a basketball scholarship. Kelsey played basketball for W-WCHS for four years, as well as softball and track. She is in the top 10 percent of her class, and earlier in the year was recognized as a WJBF Scholar Athlete. Kelsey plans to pursue a degree in biology or accounting.

Zanila Booker signed with Benedict College out of Columbia, S.C., on a softball scholarship. Zanila played softball for W-WCHS for four years, as well as basketball and track. She is in the top 10 percent of her class and received the best offensive player award for softball this past season. Zanila plans to pursue a degree in education.


Kelsey Houpt (seated, second from left) is accompanied by several of her basketball teammates and coaches. Kelsey Houpt (seated, second from left) is accompanied by several of her basketball teammates and coaches. Kiara Binns signed with Wesleyan College out of Macon, Georgia, on a softball scholarship. Kiara played softball for W-WCHS for four years, as well as basketball and track. She was a member of last year’s state championship 4x100 relay team for track field and was the state champion in the 200-meter dash this year. Kiara plans to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education.

Coaches Nakia Brinson, Rob Jackson, Angel Heard, and Lindsey Guin expressed how truly proud they are of these student-athletes for their accomplishments; both in the classroom and on the field.

“It has truly been an honor to know such great student-athletes,” Coach Brinson said. “These young ladies will have great success in whatever they chose to do in life.”

Coach Jackson pointed out that both Kiara and Zanila were fouryear starters for the Lady Tigers. Kiara batted leadoff and played center field where she received the best outfielder award for three years and last year received the MVP award. Zanila played shortstop for the Lady Tigers where she received the best infielder award for two years and last season was voted best offensive player.

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