KINGSPORT — National Signing Day on Wednesday wasn’t just about football. Several area athletes signed national letters of intent to play soccer, baseball and run cross country.
Dobyns-Bennett soccer standouts Warren Austin and Austin Pate will take their talents to the college level next fall. Austin will join former Indians teammate David Geno at East Tennessee State.
Austin and Pate have started for the Indians since their freshman seasons. Austin has played in 70 games and Pate 63. The pair has been named to the All-District 1-AAA team each of the last three seasons.
“Warren will carry the D-B banner very well for us,” said Indians coach Chris Woods. “In my opinion, Warren’s greatest soccer is ahead of him.
Pate, an all-state defender last season as a junior, has signed to play for Messiah College in Pennsylvania. The Falcons have won nine Division III soccer national championships since 2000.
“The ironic thing about Austin signing with Messiah is that their program is what we are trying to model our program after,” added Woods. “We think it’s a compliment to D-B soccer that a college program with their success would recruit a player from our system.
“They have an incredible knack of finding big-time talent that other schools have overlooked. Messiah will be a good fit for Austin.”
Daniel Boone’s Jordan Roth has signed to run cross country at Tennessee Tech.
Roth is a three-year letterman in cross country earned All-Region 1 honors last fall. He helped lead the Trailblazers to a fifth-place finish at the TSSAA state cross country meet in 2011 and a runner-up finish last fall.
During his junior year, Roth was a member of the Boone 4x800 meter relay team that broke the school record that had stood for 33 years.
“Jordan has been one of our top five scoring runners in cross country for the past two seasons,” said Boone coach Len Jeffers. “He has a tremendous amount of heart and determination.”
A member of the National Honor Society, Roth chose Tennessee Tech because of his interest in their computer science program.
Volunteer outfielder Matt Rutledge also signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play baseball at Alice Lloyd.