List of college commits grows with pair of Hoggard student-athletes

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WILMINGTON – The list of student-athletes preparing to compete at the college level continues to grow. On Wednesday, two more high school seniors from Hoggard officially announced commitments.

Currently, the Vikings’ girls soccer program has three alumni playing collegiately, with a fourth just finishing her senior year. Add another one to the list: Siara Southerland signed a National Letter of Intent to attend NCAA Division I Campbell University in Buies Creek.

Southerland was one of four student-athletes to be part of the Fighting Camels spring signing class. Campbell is coming off of their third-straight Big South semifinal appearance and look to build on that success this fall.

The attacking forward plays under Head Coach Justin Schatz at Hoggard. As Southerland sets her sights on her senior season this spring, she has scored 53 goals and recorded 20 assists through three years. She’s a two-time First Team All-Conference, All-Area and All-Region player.

Siara Southerland.
Siara Southerland.

“Siara has been an impact player for Hoggard since her freshman year,” said Schatz. “Her speed and strength give her opportunities for scoring, which is what attracted Campbell University to her. She is a hard worker and has taken on the leadership role this year.”

Southerland led her team to the 4A state semifinals two years in a row, with three Mideastern Conference Championships. She plays club soccer for Wilmington Hammerheads and guided the Hammerheads to North Carolina Fall Final and Jefferson Cup championships in 2016.

In the classroom, Southerland aspires to become a Physician’s Assistant.

“Most importantly Siara is a brilliant student,” Schatz added. “She has worked hard in the classroom and maintained a High GPA all four years, which is another reason Campbell has invested in her. The Hoggard soccer program is excited to see her continue her career.”

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  • Mikey Gans, baseball, Louisburg College 

    Mike Gans.
    Mike Gans.

Gans helped propel Hoggard baseball to a 4A East Regional appearance last spring. The Vikings finished with a 22-6 overall record and 9-3 mark inside a competitive Mideastern Conference.

As a junior, Gans had a .312 average and hit two home runs. Currently, Louisburg College has two players on its roster from the region. The Hurricanes play in the National Junior College Athletic Association.