Two L.C. Bird athletes announced where they’d be going this coming fall after finishing their academic and athletic careers as Skyhawks.
Walter Samayoa, center back on the soccer field, will be attending and playing at Ferrum University, while baseball’s Miles Burton, a catcher, will be headed to UVa-Wise.
Samayoa was a big part of the L.C. Bird’s success as they made regionals last season. For his senior season, he opted to go to academy, playing for the Chesterfield Strikers. During the 2016-2017 season, he scored one goal as a free kick while dishing out five assists and posting four shutouts at center back.
“I chose Ferrum over the other colleges because I felt that I could excel there academically and athletically,” Samayoa said. “I also like the student-to-teacher ratio and the campus itself.”
UVa-Wise has recruited its share of talent from the Chester area and snagged another good fine in Miles Burton.
Catchers are always useful for their managers, and Burton is no different, but what often separates catchers is the ability to hit at a high level and play defense. The L.C. Bird senior possesses strong skills in both categories.
“After I came to one of their showcase camps and had a very good showing, I knew I could be an impact immediately with my hitting and defensive kills,” said Burton.
Other local athletes received offers, including Meadowbrook linebacker Brandon Delaney and defensive back Dontez Braxton, who got the call from UVa-Wise. Thomas Dale defensive tackle Talvis Robinson picked up offers from Army and Navy, while linebacker Devonte Chandler got an offer from Army as well. More to come on these athletes.