Liberty Christian Trio: Ready for the College Level

Liberty Christian Trio: Ready for the College Level

by Steve Gamel

Liberty Christian School officials announced early last month that a trio of its standout athletes had signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.

Ryan Folk, Taylor Scalzi, and Hunter Stinnett celebrated the signing at a special ceremony at the school on April 11 along with friends, family, coaches, and media. Folk signed to swim at Rhodes College in Tennessee while Scalzi plans to play volleyball at Henderson State. Stinnett, a star wrestler for the Warriors, will continue his career with Schreiner University.

It was the third signing day at the school since November and gives Liberty Christian 12 college-bound athletes representing multiple sports during the 2017-18 school year. Some of the bigger schools they will be attending include Oklahoma, Tulsa, Duke, Auburn, and TCU.

This latest trio of signees is no different.

“This honor allows me to attend a prestigious school and pursue a higher level of swimming,” said Folk, a three-time All-State athlete who will major in computer science, in a school press release. “I have been dedicated to this sport my entire life, and I cannot depict my life without it.”

“It looks like I better start liking the blues,” Folk joked about his eventual move to Memphis.

Meanwhile, Scalzi has turned into an all-star athlete for Liberty in both volleyball and softball. She chose volleyball for her next step and said the opportunity to
play at Henderson State was too good to pass up.

“I have always wanted to play a college sport, and here I am,” Scalzi said in the release. “I am so proud to be here.”

She has played volleyball non-stop since she was in the 7th grade and has been recognized multiple times in her career. At Liberty, she won the Warrior Heart award. Earlier this year, she was part of a solid senior class that led the Liberty volleyball team to the playoffs.

“Something just felt right when I was playing, like I belonged,” she added. “I have had countless practices and games, and I am excited about many more to come. I am ready for the next level because the coaches and teachers here have always pushed me to be the best I can be. There will always be a ‘Navy Storm’ wherever I go.”

Last but not least, officials said it is no surprise to see that Stinnett is continuing his wrestling career at the next level. He led Liberty to another state championship this year and hopes to challenge for similar success at Schreiner.

In the press release from Liberty, Hunter said this honor means he has the opportunity to go to college and do what he loves. He thanked Liberty teachers and coaches for encouraging him to be at his best at all times. He says he plans on pursuing a marketing degree.

“I have always had a competitive edge and a desire to be the best,” he said.

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