Twins highlight long list of local scholarship signings

It’s an old joke repeated to the parents of twins: “You’d better double up on the college fund.”

For the parents of three sets of St. James twins and student-athletes, that won’t be a problem.

Ten St. James students signed athletic scholarships in a ceremony at the school on Friday, and six of those students are twins.

Soccer players Tiffany and Taylor Marsh signed with Coker College, wrestlers Codi and Derek Rothermel signed with Newberry College and Austin and Erin Brown signed their respective scholarships to wrestle at The Citadel and play softball at UNC Wilmington.

Other Sharks inking papers Friday were baseball players Preston Lane (Wingate) and Trey Merritt (Brunswick Community College) and soccer players Caitlin Kirby and Sarina Way (Coker).

Earlier this year, Carolina Forest saw twin sisters Whitney and Brittany Burgess signed to play college basketball at Brunswick Community College. No twins from the spring signing, but the Panthers did have three athletes commit earlier this week.

Carolina Forest’s Anthony Caroso signed to play golf at Charleston Southern, boys soccer player Xavier Vera inked with Lander University and girls track and field standout Jackie Brengel signed to stay close to home and run for Coastal Carolina.

The signings were among several ceremonies held around the Grand Strand this week. On Thursday, both Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach honored their college-bound athletes.

Myrtle Beach saw a pair of Dixons ink scholarship papers, but they are not twins or related. Melissa Dixon signed to play volleyball at Columbia College, Hunter Dixon signed to play soccer at Coastal Carolina and swimmer Lauren Campbell signed with Georgia Southern.

North Myrtle Beach had six students sign, including Jeffrey Linta, who will pole vault for the South Carolina track and field squad. Girls soccer had two players sign – Janelle Floyd (Pfeiffer College) and Caroline Keener (Spartanburg Methodist College) while Ian Fellenz (Coker) inked from the boys soccer program.

Chiefs baseball player Bill Seddinger signed to play at Brunswick Community College) and football player Jeffrey Edge will hit the gridiron at Methodist College.

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