High School Sports

Biloxi High celebrates 11 spring signees

Biloxi High's cafeteria was packed Wednesday with friends, family and teammates. The Indian Nation took the opportunity to celebrate 11 signees across a variety of sports signing with 10 different schools.

Including the eight signees in February, BHS had 19 graduating seniors sign athletic scholarships.

Biloxi's latest crop of young athletes included: Aneisha Bell (shot put, discus; Southern Miss), Fred Campbell (track; Highland C.C. in Kansas), Jaylon Chiles (basketball; East Central C.C.), Jasmine Clemmons (cheerleading; Pearl River C.C.), Lane Colson (baseball; East Mississippi C.C.), Austin Creel (baseball; Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.), Koray Easterling (soccer; Tulsa), Xavier Lewis (track; Highland C.C.), Marques McGee (basketball; William Carey), Hannah Miller (dance; Mississippi State) and Chandler Myers (football; Tennessee Tech).

Go Golden Eagles

Myers missed most of the 2016 football season due to a shoulder injury, but Tennessee Tech still saw enough potential in the Indian linebacker to hang with him -- even after a coaching change.

"They have everything I wanted with engineering and athletics. I still get to play SEC competition -- like we play Tennessee next year -- so that will be cool," said Myers, who originally committed to Vanderbilt but because the Commodores wanted him to redshirt, he looked elsewhere. "It's a Division I school so that's where I fit best. I felt wanted there."

Tulsa soccer

Easterling joins a Tulsa team that, while posting an 8-6-7 record made the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He said he hopes to step in right away at left back as a freshman.

"It's a great school," he said. "They've been contacting me for a while. They showed a lot of interest in me, so I had to go with Tulsa."

Easterling, a member of the Sun Herald's All-South Mississippi Boys Soccer Team, said he hopes he can show his versatility at Tulsa.

"I'm physical. If I get beat I'm good to recover," he said. "I'm not too flashy but I like to show something every once in a while. The left back, you usually don't get to see that but I like to show that I'm an offensive guy with a defensive mind."

'To the top'

Bell has been one of Mississippi's elite field performers during her prep career. As the reigning two-time shot put champion, she said Southern Miss felt like the perfect fit.

"When I went up there for my official visit, they made me feel so at home," Bell said. "I just feel like it's a perfect fit for me -- not too far but not too close."

Bell said she expects to compete in the shot put and discus at USM.