Three sign for college sports


At PC, Limestone, and USC Lancaster

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Yellow Jackets Quadrik Smith, Will Horlacher, and Michael Purdie are members of the Union County High School Football Team and will be continuing their athletic and educational careers following graduation this year. On Wednesday, in a ceremony held at the CATE Center, Smith signed to play football at Limestone College, Horlacher signed to play football at Presbyterian College, and Purdie signed to play baseball at USC Lancaster. Smith will major in Business and Administration at Limestone, Horlacher will major in History with a minor in Education at Presbyterian, and Purdie plans to major in Communications at USC Lancaster.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Yellow Jacket Will Horlacher signs to play football for Presbyterian College as his parents Danny and Laura Horlacher look on during a ceremony at the CATE Center Wednesday morning. Horlacher was one of three members of the Union County High School Football Team to sign letters of intent with the colleges they will be attending after graduation during Wednesday’s ceremony. In addition to being a member of the Presbyterian College Football Team, Horlacher will major in History with a minor in Education at Presbyterian.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Wearing a Limestone Saints hat, Yellow Jacket Quadrik Smith signs to play football for Limestone College as his parents Antwon Smith (seated, left) and Tonya Lyles (seated, right), grandmother Mattie Young (standing, left), aunt Raquel Gist (standing, right), and cousin Carmelo Hernandez (being held) look on. Smith was one of three members of the Union County High School Football Team to sign letters of intent with the colleges they will be attending after graduation during Wednesday’s ceremony. In addition to being a member of the Limestone College Football Team, Smith will major in Business and Administration at Limestone


Charles Warner | The Union Times Yellow Jacket Michael Purdie signs to play baseball for USC Lancaster as his mother Calandra Barrett (seated, left), grandfather Arthur Barrett (seated, right), and godparents DeeAnn (standing, left) and John Parks (standing, right) look on. Purdie as one of three members of the Union County High School Football Team to sign letters of intent with the colleges they will be attending after graduation during Wednesday’s ceremony. In addition to being a member of the USC Lancaster Baseball Team, Smith plans to major in Communications at USC Lancaster.


UNION COUNTY — With the stroke of a pen Wednesday morning three Union County High School Yellow Jackets chose to continue their athletic and educational careers at three different colleges with one of them also joining the military.

During a ceremony held Wednesday morning at the CATE Center, Yellow Jackets Quadrik Smith, Will Horlacher, and Michael Purdie signed letters of intent with Limestone College, Presbyterian College, and USC Lancaster, respectively. All three are currently members of the Union County High School Football Team and members of the Class of 2018 and will graduate this year.

Smith will play football for Limestone and Horlacher will play football for Presbyterian while Purdie will play baseball for USC Lancaster.

Smith

Smith, who said he has been playing football since he was five years old and is a wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets, said he chose Limestone because of the family atmosphere he experienced there.

“I chose Limestone because they treat you like family,” Smith said. “The coaches treated me like their own son.”

Smith said he plans to major in Business and Administration at Limestone.

Looking back over his time with the Yellow Jackets, Smith said it has been “a great four years” with the team improving its performance over that time.

“It’s been a great four years playing here,” Smith said. “My freshman year we didn’t do so good. Sophomore year we went to the Upperstate Championship. Junior year we went to the second round of the playoffs. That’s when Coach Adams got here. Senior year we went to the first round of the playoffs. It’s been a great four years.”

Horlacher

Horlacher, who said he has been playing football since he was seven years old and has played tight end and quarterback and punted for the Yellow Jackets, said he chose Presbyterian because of its prestige and the opportunity it provides him to continue playing football and getting his education.

“PC is real prestigious,” Horlacher said. “It’s a good place to further my education and continue to play football.”

Horlacher said he will major in History with a minor in Education at Presbyterian.

In looking back on his years with the Yellow Jackets, Horlacher said he was proud to have been part not only of the team, but of the great football tradition of Union County.

“It’s definitely been some of the best years of my life,” Horlacher said. “Union County is a football county and I’m just glad to have been part of something bigger than myself these past four years.”

In addition to signing with Presbyterian College, Horlacher has also enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves. He said he did in order to help him get his education and to continue his family’s tradition of military service.

“I have family who have prior military service (and) I want to continue that,” Horlacher said. “It’s also a good way to pay for school.”

Purdie

Purdie, who said he has been playing football since he was about seven or eight years old and played wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets, said he chose USC Lancaster because of its size.

“It’s not too big, it’s not too small,” Purdie said. “It’s a good place to get a start before I go to a bigger school.”

While he said he is still deciding, Purdie said in all likelihood he will major in Communications at USC Lancaster.

Unlike Smith and Horlacher, however, Purdie will not be playing football in college, but baseball. He said that he chose to play baseball in college because that is the sport he is better at.

As for his four years with the Yellow Jackets, Purdie said they had their ups and downs, but that the friendships he made during that time will continue long after graduation.

“It’s been a roller coaster ride, we had some good times, we had some bad times,” Purdie said. “But the connections I made with people over these four years will never be broken.”

Adams

UCHS Athletic Director and Football Coach Bradley Adams also attended Wednesday’s ceremony and praised Smith, Horlacher, and Purdie for the choices they’ve made, not only in continuing their athletic careers, but their educational careers and the impact it will have on their lives.

“We’re very proud of these young men,” Adams said. “We try to encourage them to go to college and choose a good career path. We feel they are making the right choices with the decisions they are making. They are very excited and very ambitious about the opportunities they chose.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times Yellow Jackets Quadrik Smith, Will Horlacher, and Michael Purdie are members of the Union County High School Football Team and will be continuing their athletic and educational careers following graduation this year. On Wednesday, in a ceremony held at the CATE Center, Smith signed to play football at Limestone College, Horlacher signed to play football at Presbyterian College, and Purdie signed to play baseball at USC Lancaster. Smith will major in Business and Administration at Limestone, Horlacher will major in History with a minor in Education at Presbyterian, and Purdie plans to major in Communications at USC Lancaster.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_IMG_2803.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Yellow Jackets Quadrik Smith, Will Horlacher, and Michael Purdie are members of the Union County High School Football Team and will be continuing their athletic and educational careers following graduation this year. On Wednesday, in a ceremony held at the CATE Center, Smith signed to play football at Limestone College, Horlacher signed to play football at Presbyterian College, and Purdie signed to play baseball at USC Lancaster. Smith will major in Business and Administration at Limestone, Horlacher will major in History with a minor in Education at Presbyterian, and Purdie plans to major in Communications at USC Lancaster.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Yellow Jacket Will Horlacher signs to play football for Presbyterian College as his parents Danny and Laura Horlacher look on during a ceremony at the CATE Center Wednesday morning. Horlacher was one of three members of the Union County High School Football Team to sign letters of intent with the colleges they will be attending after graduation during Wednesday’s ceremony. In addition to being a member of the Presbyterian College Football Team, Horlacher will major in History with a minor in Education at Presbyterian.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_IMG_2801.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Yellow Jacket Will Horlacher signs to play football for Presbyterian College as his parents Danny and Laura Horlacher look on during a ceremony at the CATE Center Wednesday morning. Horlacher was one of three members of the Union County High School Football Team to sign letters of intent with the colleges they will be attending after graduation during Wednesday’s ceremony. In addition to being a member of the Presbyterian College Football Team, Horlacher will major in History with a minor in Education at Presbyterian.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Wearing a Limestone Saints hat, Yellow Jacket Quadrik Smith signs to play football for Limestone College as his parents Antwon Smith (seated, left) and Tonya Lyles (seated, right), grandmother Mattie Young (standing, left), aunt Raquel Gist (standing, right), and cousin Carmelo Hernandez (being held) look on. Smith was one of three members of the Union County High School Football Team to sign letters of intent with the colleges they will be attending after graduation during Wednesday’s ceremony. In addition to being a member of the Limestone College Football Team, Smith will major in Business and Administration at Limestone
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_IMG_2805.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Wearing a Limestone Saints hat, Yellow Jacket Quadrik Smith signs to play football for Limestone College as his parents Antwon Smith (seated, left) and Tonya Lyles (seated, right), grandmother Mattie Young (standing, left), aunt Raquel Gist (standing, right), and cousin Carmelo Hernandez (being held) look on. Smith was one of three members of the Union County High School Football Team to sign letters of intent with the colleges they will be attending after graduation during Wednesday’s ceremony. In addition to being a member of the Limestone College Football Team, Smith will major in Business and Administration at Limestone

Charles Warner | The Union Times Yellow Jacket Michael Purdie signs to play baseball for USC Lancaster as his mother Calandra Barrett (seated, left), grandfather Arthur Barrett (seated, right), and godparents DeeAnn (standing, left) and John Parks (standing, right) look on. Purdie as one of three members of the Union County High School Football Team to sign letters of intent with the colleges they will be attending after graduation during Wednesday’s ceremony. In addition to being a member of the USC Lancaster Baseball Team, Smith plans to major in Communications at USC Lancaster.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_IMG_2808.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Yellow Jacket Michael Purdie signs to play baseball for USC Lancaster as his mother Calandra Barrett (seated, left), grandfather Arthur Barrett (seated, right), and godparents DeeAnn (standing, left) and John Parks (standing, right) look on. Purdie as one of three members of the Union County High School Football Team to sign letters of intent with the colleges they will be attending after graduation during Wednesday’s ceremony. In addition to being a member of the USC Lancaster Baseball Team, Smith plans to major in Communications at USC Lancaster.
At PC, Limestone, and USC Lancaster

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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