Notre Dame High School athletes sign letters of intent

Six Notre Dame High School students recently signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.

The students were honored at a signing ceremony hosted by the athletic department and the athletes’ parents.

Zach Riddle will attend Trevecca Nazarene University on a golf scholarship. He is the son of Harry and Lynn Riddle.

This year Zack led the NDHS golf team to a district and region championship as well as a fifth-place finish in the state tournament. Individually he placed third in the district and won the region championship. He also placed sixth at the Chattanooga District Golf Association Junior Tour Championship at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club. Zach plans to major in sports management.

Reese Scobey will also be attending Trevecca Nazarene University on a golf scholarship. He is the son of Todd and Nickie Schoonover.

Reese also helped lead the Irish to a district and region championship and fifth-place state finish. Individually, he placed first in the 2015 district tournament and third in the region championship. In 2014 he finished second at the state tournament, and this year he placed fifth overall in the state tourney. Reese won the All-American Junior Golf Tour at Willow Brook and won the Junior Club Championship. He plans to major in business administration.

Kaylee Stone will attend Lincoln Memorial University on a volleyball scholarship. She is the daughter of Chris and Layla Mullin.

Kaylee is a four-year starter on the Lady Irish volleyball team that finished district runner-up in 2015. She was the team captain her junior and senior years and earned All-District and Best of Preps in 2014 and 2015. In 2014 Kaylee was an All-State selection and Notre Dame player of the year. She has played for Choo Choo Volleyball all four years and was chosen in 2013 as a USA Volleyball High Performance Player. Kaylee is also a four-year manager for the Notre Dame wrestling team, and she serves as Wilson County’s Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee.

Sofia Olenchek will attend Sewanee — the University of the South on a women’s soccer scholarship. She is the daughter of Nancy Olenchek.

Sophia was co-captain of the 2015 district champion Lady Irish soccer team, and for the past two seasons she has helped lead the team to the state finals as well as being selected for first-team All-State and Best of Preps both years. Sophia has been a member of the Irish soccer team and the Irish track team for four years. She is highly involved in extracurricular activities and community service and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Emma Higgins will attend Lee University on a women’s soccer scholarship. She is the daughter of Cam and Ruthanne Higgins.

Emma is a three-sport athlete who participated in track (ninth and 10th grade) and played soccer and basketball all four years. She played forward for the Lady Irish and helped lead them to the state championship game in 2014 and to a district championship and return to the state tournament in 2015. Emma received Best of Prep honors and Best Forward in 2012 and 2015. She is a Converse College Junior Scholar who served as a Green and Gold Ambassador (10th-12th grade), and a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society.

Hannah Dearing will attend Tennessee Wesleyan College on a women’s soccer scholarship. She is the daughter of Curt and Jo Dearing.

Hannah participated in cheerleading (ninth-11th grade) and played soccer all four years. She was the co-captain of the 2015 district champion Lady Irish soccer team, and for the past two seasons she has helped lead the team to the state finals. Hannah was the 2015 Lady Irish MVP and was awarded Best of Prep and All-State honors this season. Hannah was also a member of the Chattanooga Football Club in 10th and 11th grades. She volunteers with many organizations such as Chambliss and the Inner City Ministry of Chattanooga, and she is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta and National honor societies.

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