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SHS tennis letterman Creed Clardy signs with Wallace State

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Creed Clardy, a standout tennis athlete for Sylacauga High School (SHS), made the decision for where he will play at the next level on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Clardy signed his letter of intent with Wallace State Community College, and the decision was an easy one according to Clardy.

“Wallace State is an incredible college and they have incredible tennis,” Clardy remarked. “It is top 15 in the nation for JUCO (junior college) schools. With that level of competition, regardless of where I start, I know I’ll improve when I get there.”

SHS tennis coach Cindy Cleveland pointed out that this is the first time in six years that a player from the school has signed to continue his or her collegiate athletic career.

“It feels incredible,” said Clardy of being the first tennis scholarship signee since 2016. “Joining the [SHS tennis] program has meant so much to me. I’m hoping to pass it on to the next generation and keep this going. That’s what I want more than anything.

After having seen many other athletes from SHS celebrate their high school accomplishments with signing ceremonies, Clardy was overjoyed to get his opportunity to be in the same position.

Clardy is also a member of the SHS show choir. Although he has enjoyed his time with his choir mates that were in attendance for the signing, the senior wants to mainly focus on continuing his tennis career at Wallace State.

“It feels amazing to be able to sit in this seat and do something great for this school,” Clardy expressed.


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