Congratulations to Graham and Ashton!

Congratulations to Graham McDonald and Ashton Poole! Graham McDonald signed to play football with North Greenville College. Ashton Poole signed to compete in Track with Queens University of Charlotte, NC. We are so proud of both of you!!!



from Kevin Melton @ SHJ
Ashton Poole couldn't be more excited to sprint into college.
The Spartanburg Christian Academy senior signed a letter of intent to run track at Queens College during a ceremony Wednesday at First Baptist North Spartanburg.

Poole is the defending SCISA 2A state runner-up in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. His personal best times are 10.9 in the 100 and 22.8 in the 200. He will be the No. 1 seed in both events going into this year's state meet. The Warriors are the defending state champions.

Poole is the son of former Carolina Panthers defensive back Tyrone Poole, who was taken in the franchise's first NFL draft as the 22nd overall pick in 1995. He spent 13 seasons in the NFL also with the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

Poole, who was a running back for SCA, said he's proud of his father's accomplishments but will be glad to make his own name in a different sport.

"There was a chance to play football, but I wanted to do something that would make me happy," he said. "I wanted to show something that I worked hard in and that would build my athletic ability. I really like track more than football."

Poole was a SCISA North-South all-star and rushed for 1,488 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He said working hard got him where he wanted.

"The genetics is there, too," Poole said. "But I know I had to put in the hard work in the weight room to make myself better. I can't rely on genetics. I had to make the effort."

Poole will try to help lead the Warriors to a SCISA Region I-2A championship tonight. He said being signed going into the remainder of the year is a relief.

"I'm so blessed and happy to take my talents to another level," he said.

SCA center Graham McDonald joined Poole in the ceremony. He will be a preferred walk-on at North Greenville.

"It's a great school," he said. "They'll push me hard, and I'm going to work my tail off."