Eight Covenant Student-Athletes Set to Play at the Next Level
A handful of Covenant student athletes are set to play at the next level.
Girma Baker grew up in poverty in Ethiopia. He became a soccer star at Covenant after being adopted by his American family and now he's headed to college, set to play soccer at Christopher Newport University.
Baker says, "Yeah, its one of my dreams come true, and that's what I want to do with my life is play soccer and that's what I love to do and I'm excited, I've had a great time at Covenant and I'm happy with everything in my life."
Also headed to Newport is Spencer Godine. He's signed on to be a part of the school's rising lacrosse program.
Godine says, "The guys are great, the coaches are great, a lot of guys are going there including my brother Jay Gaffney, its a special program."
Eagle softball standout Cameron Wright is headed to Eastern Mennonite. Her teammate and catcher Alexis Steljes is headed Randolph College.
Steljes says, "They have a great psychology program its one of the best in the state, and I'm just really blessed just to play and get a great education."
Wright says, "I really liked the academics there, they have one of the top nursing programs there and that's what I want to do and softball was just a plus."
Covenant basketball star DeNiel Bryant is taking his talents to Lynchburg College.
Bryant says, "I'm just blessed to have this opportunity to play, I've been playing since I was 9 years old and to see it finally pay off is a blessing."
Football tight end Trenton Jenkins is heading to Fork Union Military Academy for a year with the plan to get physically bigger and stronger.
Jenkins says, "They have a great track record of sending guys to play division one athletics so I figure it would be the best choice for me."
And twin brothers Jay Gaffney and Drew Gaffney have also made commitments as juniors to play college lacrosse.
Jay will head to Christopher Newport.
Drew, the VIC player of the year, is headed to division one St. Joe's in Philadelphia.
Eight Eagles soaring high, ready for a new flight.
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Marty Hudtloff is the Sports Director at WVIR-TV. He joined the NBC29 sports team in October of 2003. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Bradley University. You can reach out to Marty via Email or Twitter.