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Bearden’s Copeland, Potter, Shaughnessy all make college choices

Three Bearden High School standout athletes are heading in three different directions as college student-athletes after recent signing ceremonies at BHS.

Sam Shaughnessy, state-qualifying middle distance and relay track and cross country runner, is headed south to Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. Ryan Potter, BHS baseball pitcher/third baseman, is headed east to Mars Hill (N.C.), an NCAA Division II.

Garrett Copeland, All-District 4-AAA pitcher/first baseman, is going north to Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate. Copeland, a lefty (undefeated pitcher, under 3.00 ERA) and .400 hitter in regular season, “battles his end off every game,” BHS head coach Matt Buckner said. “He knows how to pitch, he knows how to compete, he is just as composed as anybody you’ve ever seen. Both Copeland and Potter are winners ... know how to play the game.”

Potter, 18, with a 7-1 pitching record entering post-season play (3.20 ERA), said he chose Mars Hill because “I liked the coaches, first off. Second, I think I’ll get some playing time as a freshman, get some starts on the mound.”

Shaughnessy, 18, was a leg on BHS’s state-qualifying 4 X 800 and 4 X 400 teams who also was cross country All-state and KIL champ while finishing second in KIL track in 800 and 1600. “I love [Samford’s] campus ... and I love the atmosphere of student life.” Steve Prince, BHS coach, said he’s “like a coach ... very dedicated. ... just a great kid, stays even-keel.”


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