DAPHNE, Ala.—Eight Daphne High athletes officially announced their commitments to college programs in baseball, basketball and football in a signing ceremony Wednesday at Trojan Gym. The Baseball Trojans had four advance to the next level.
Outfielder Trent Brunies and catcher Chase Crump will play for Pensacola State, pitcher Tyler Lowery will head to Central Alabama State in Alexander City and Outfielder Tevin Rencher to Wallace State of Selma.
Basketball had two players announce decisions. Bradley Nero chose Lawson State in Birmingham and C.J. Yelding accepted an offer to play at Faulkner State in Bay Minette.
Trojan football players Dominic Brisolara signed as a kicker/punter with Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla., and Tamaruice Tolbert with Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla.
“It’s always a happy time at Daphne High School when we celebrate our young people who have worked hard to earn a distinction like this for themselves and their families,” said Daphne athletic director and head football coach Glenn Vickery. “And also, it says a lot about the teachers and coaches, their parents and the whole community—that they have excelled, not only in sports, but in the classroom and in life. We are proud of them and for them and their friends and families today.”
Brisolara finished his senior season on the gridiron with 49 points scored with 7-of-9 field goals made and was 28-for-33 from the extra-point mark. He averaged 42 yards per punt.
As a senior Trojan wide receiver, Tolbert had 12 Catches for 143 yards with one touchdown. He will be reunited with DHS teammate, running back, Kameron Mitchell, who committed with the Warner Royals, earlier.
Nero (6-foot-5) was a “goto guy”on the hardwood for Daphne and head basketball coach Cedric Yelding. “Bradley scored 800 points and had 500 rebounds for us,” Yelding said. "He had so many double-double (double-digit points and rebounds) games and was so reliable at it that I came to call him my ‘Double-digit machine.’ He helped us win a lot of big games this year and helped us win the county and the area championships.”
Nero averaged 16.5 points per game and averaged 9.5 rebounds per game from his versatile roles as both a strong guard and strong forward.
C.J. Yelding led the team from the point guard position with the team’s high marks in assists and steals. He also had a live-in coach and role model in his dad who was a starting guard for the University of South Alabama.
“C.J., had some concerns over his size coming up from middle school when it looked like he would not get much taller,” Cedrick Yelding said. “But he worked hard, trusted in the Lord, and I’m just so proud of him—not only as a dad but as a coach. He is extremely quick and shoots well inside and out. And at the (free-throw line). I think Faulkner is a good fit. It’s a good fit both ways.”
Head Baseball coach Owen Davis said he was excited for his players and eager to see how they do in the college ranks.
“Trent Brunies is a solid hitting outfielder with a great arm. He stepped up big for us this year and had some big RBIs in key situations. I think Pensacola State made a great choice or made two great choices in him and Chase. Chase is one of the best hitters we had. Came on strong and was our big RBI guy and also is a great player behind the plate.”
Brunies hit .290 and had 31 hits (11 doubles) for 22 RBIs on the year. Crump hit .427 with six homeruns for 37 RBIs. He had an on-base percentage of .593.
Lowery started off the season pitching a technically perfect game. But a late error allowed one runner on base and a one-over-the-minimum 28th batter to step into the batters box. The right hander struck out 75 opposing hitters for an 8-2 senior record. He finished with a career record of 28-3.
“Tyler had a great year for us,” Davis said. “He led us to the second-round of the playoffs and always gave us a chance to win. I think he really came into his own and I'm looking forward to how much he can accomplish in college.
Rencher was a three-sport athlete who decided on baseball after multiple stand-out seasons in football and basketball as well.
“Like all of these guys, I think Tevin’s best baseball is still ahead of him,” Davis said. “This last year, he really poured himself into baseball and I can’t wait to see how he grows in it now that he can devote his full attention to it. Made some great plays for us in the outfield. The stats for outfielders don’t do justice so much but he came through at the plate and on the bases a lot, too.”
Rencher was a.250 hitter (three doubles) with 11 RBIs. He finished the season with 10 stolen bases and a .975 fielding average.