May 21, 2003
Darton soccer Ken Veilands says this year's recruiting class is the best in the history of the four year old program.
The Cavaliers class now stands at 17 after signing six more area players this afternoon.
The defending state GJCAA Region XVII champions signing four players.
Three are first team all-state players from Tallahassee.
Lincoln High's Justin Tarin was the Big Bend Player of the year after scoring 35 goals and registering 15 assists.
Corey Herron from Chiles High had 32 goals and 14 assists and Leon High's J.P. VandenDooren had 10 goals and 20 assists.
The fourth signee's job is to prevent goals from being scored. Defender Alex Bier from Central-Macon earned All-Middle Georgia honors this year.
The Lady Cavaliers have added two of the top players from the Georgia Independent School Association.
Southland Academy's Haley Harper scored 35 goals this year and his a two-time All-State selection.
Donna Evans from Trinity Christian didn't play this year due to an injury suffered during basketball season.
Evans though earned All-State honors for her first three years of high school and has scored more than 100 career goals.
Darton coach Ken Veilands says the quality of the class is the direct result of the success his program has had on the field.
Darton coach Ken Veilands said "It helps that we have had some success in the past and getting out in the community where people are now talking about us. They know about the program now. So, we have gotten over that hurdle and now it is just penetrating the different areas and finding the players.
Both Darton soccer teams open their 2003 season on August 23rd at home against Hiawassee College.
Two other South Georgia athletes signed baseball scholarships.
Pelham shortstop D.J. Jackson signed with Florida Memorial College in Miami.
Jackson had .344 batting average with 4 homeruns, 18 runs batted in and 25 steals.
Tiftarea Academy Taylor Hammond meanwhile signed with South Georgia College.
Hammond, an all-state performer in football and baseball, hit .418 and led Tiftare in runs scored and stolen bases.