4 Daphne High athletes sign college scholarships

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Posted 12/23/21

DAPHNE — Four Daphne High student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishment of making collegiate plans to play sports at the next level on Wednesday, Dec. 15.Surrounded by family, …

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4 Daphne High athletes sign college scholarships

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DAPHNE — Four Daphne High student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishment of making collegiate plans to play sports at the next level on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
Surrounded by family, friends, teammates, coaches, Daphne Mayor Robin LeJeune, and the Daphne High administration and staff, the athletes signed letters of intent to officially accept athletic scholarships offered to them.
Ella Kate Hewes, golf, Southern Union College
Hewes is the second female golfer at Daphne High to receive a scholarship in golf.
As a member of the golf team, she has been a four-time All-County awardee, 2020 AHSAA All-Star, and a two-season member of the AHSAA State Golf Tournament Team.

She has also excelled academically. She holds a 4.3 GPA, is on the A/B honor roll, and is taking AP and honors classes.
During her free time, she is the National Honor Society treasurer, co-leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a member of the Student Government Association as well as the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program.
"It has been a privilege to coach Ella Kate, said Daphne Head Golf Coach Robert Guthrie. "She is an exceptional golfer, student, and person. She is going to do great things at Southern Union."
Tyler Bradley, football, the U.S. Naval Academy
Bradley is a running back, wide receiver, kick returner and defensive back. He was a dual sport athlete earning letters in football and track. He was also a three-year starter, three-time Player of the Week, 2021 Team Captain and earned 2020 and 2021 All-County awards.
In 2021 Bradley scored 14 touchdowns, rushed for 1,025 yards on 120 carries, averaging 8.5 yards per carry; caught 33 passes for a total of 301 receiving yards, an average of 9.1 yards per catch and had 172 return yards on 12 returns, an average of 14.3 yards per return.
Off the field, Bradley was an extraordinary student and leader earning a 3.4 GPA, A/B honor roll status and the 2021 Mobile/Baldwin Athletic Character and Leadership awardee. In addition, he was a member of the DHS Community Service Initiative and DHS Leadership Council.
"Tyler is the son of Daphne," said Daphne Head Coach Kenny King. "He is the standard of a Daphne Trojan and a true football player. He is going to be a phenomenal leader and football star at Navy."
James Quinnelly, football, University of Memphis
Quinnelly is a defensive lineman and tight end. He is a three-year varsity starter, twice named as Player of the Week, named to the 2020 All-State Second Team, a 2020 and 2021 Coastal Awardee and named a 2020 and a 2021 All County First Team awardee. He has also been selected as a 2021 North-South All-Star.
For 2021 Quinnelly had a total of 81 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries, seven quarterback hits, six sacks, one interception, three caused fumbles and one fumble recovery.
In the classroom, he has earned a 3.8 GPA, A/B honor roll status, and is a member of the Daphne Community Service Initiative.
"He has dreamed of this moment," said Atlas Herrion, Daphne's defensive line coach. "I have dreamed of this moment for him, and I am extremely proud to witness the dream coming true today. Memphis is getting a great young man and player."
Liz Nolan, softball, Marion Military Institute
Nolan is recognized as one of the best third base players in the area with a .943 fielding percentage during her junior season.
She can also play catcher and middle infielder. She was a 2020 and 2021 All-County awardee and selected as a 2022 North-South All-Star.
Offensively in 2021, Nolan had 111 at bats in 44 games with a .328 batting average, .384 on-base percentage with 17 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
Daphne High Head Softball Coach Jenny Laird said Nolan is a remarkable student as well with a 4.2 GPA, AP and honors student and is a member of the National Honor Society.
"Liz is a bulldog competitor that any coach would love to have on their team," Laird said. "She is an all-around athlete that will always give 110 percent and Marion Military Institute is getting a gem."