Local athletes take part in national signing day events

In December, New Hanover High School's Wiz Vaughn and Francis Meehan helped lead the Wildcats to a 3-AA football state championship with a 27-17 victory over A.C. Reynolds.

On Wednesday, they shared another special moment when they signed letters of intent at Brogden Hall.

Vaughn, who was the most outstanding player in the state championship game, signed with NC A&T after racking up 2,222 yards of offense and 33 touchdowns as a senior.

A&T is coming off its fifth Historically Black Colleges and Universities national title.

"It feels good. It's something that I always told my mom I was going to do," Vaughn said of signing with the Aggies. "Finally, it's a dream come true and it feels good."

Meehan, who earned defensive player of the game honors in the championship game, signed with James Madison University.

As a senior safety, he had 78 tackles, 11 interceptions and 14 pass breakups.

"For me, it was a dream, but I wasn't sure it was going to happen," Meehan said of playing football in college. "It was a lot of hard work over the summer with my teammates, but being here now is awesome."

Coastal Christian's Matt Ward signed to play soccer at Longwood University. 

Ward, who was a four-year starter for the Centurions, helped lead the team to two consecutive trips to the state championship as a junior and senior. He scored 43 goals, and dished out 105 assists in his high school career.

"They say 10,000 hours means you have mastered something," Ward said. "I logged all the hours I played because I wanted to get to 10,000. But it was too many hours to count. It's been a lot of work but it's been worth it."

Nine student-athletes participated in a signing event at Laney High School. 

Women's soccer player Haley Shand is headed to UNC Charlotte.

"I am thankful for all the great coaching I got over the years," said Shand. "I am so happy it paid off and I am able to go to my dream school."          

Women's basketball player Jensen Edwards is also staying in state to play at High Point University. 

"I am really excited. It's a lot of weight off my shoulders," said Edwards. "I made my decision early. (I'm) just trying to wrap up my season and then I'll be ready to go."

Below is a list of all the student athletes that signed on Wednesday across the area.

South Brunswick

Shane Lynch-Wingate University

New Hanover

Francis Meehan-James Madison University
Wiz Vaughn-N.C. A&T University


Christian Hollar–Lafayette
Josh Jones–UNCP 
Austin Edwards–Chowan
Cameron Kight-Guilford

Austin Kenyon-Wake Tech

Wyatt Williams-App State

Cross County
Jamie Witmer-UNCC


Alleigh Clayterr-Louisburg
Savannah Capobianco- Louisburg

Aaron Hough-Averett University

Haley Shand- UNC-Charlotte

Peter Murray- Peace- Lacrosse
Chase Benford- Peace- Lacrosse
Brenden Warlick- Peace- Lacrosse

Jensen Edwards- High Point

Gavin Jones- Barton

Coastal Christian

Matt Ward-Longwood

South Brunswick

Hannah Scharf-Brevard College

Elizabeth Palmquist-Pfeiffer College

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