Calhoun High senior Tori Roper (front row, center) signed a softball scholarship with Piedmont College (Demorest, Ga.) on Friday.
Roper said of the signing: “This means a lot to me. We’ve gone through so much adversity this year as a team, and we proved to everyone we could do it and win a state title. And for me, making it through my ACL injury, it was a difficult, by the Piedmont coach helped me through it and they stuck by me all the way. Signing today is a huge weight off my shoulders. Piedmont is a really small school, and they have a good nursing program. They have small class sizes, and I know I learn better in that kind of setting. Plus, they require you to have a tutor which is good for me and you are required to live on campus so I won’t have to worry about finding my own place. I love the atmosphere there. I like the coaches and players there too. They seem like a family and will help you a lot. It’s going to be really fun to get to know them. I’m nervous to be leaving my family and friends, but I’m excited for the fresh start. I’m really looking forward to starting a new chapter at Piedmont.”
Also attending the signing were: Sister Annabelle Roper (front row, from left), great grandmother Jean Hammontree, mother Leslie Greeson, grandfather Alvin Long, great grandmother Christine Watkins, cousin Madison Smith, great grandfather Parham Hammontree (standing, from left), Calhoun High principal Peter Coombe, Calhoun High assistant softball coach Lisa Drake, Calhoun High assistant softball coach Kayla Ralston, Former Calhoun High girls soccer coach Randy Rice, Calhoun High head softball coach Diane Smith, former Calhoun High assistant softball coach Chip Henderson, grandmother Pat Long, Calhoun High athletic director Hal Lamb, travel softball coach Marty Hutchinson, uncle Billy Smith and brother Lance Mauldin.