On April 25, seniors Kalin Williams and Anikee Combee signed their letters of Intent to play basketball for Oglethorpe University and Brenau University, respectively, next year.
“How much the coaches wanted me made me more excited to go there,” said Williams, who averaged 18 points this past season.
“Oglethorpe got a steal,” Arlington Christian girls’ coach Lady Grooms said. “Kalin is a player. She could’ve probably have gone Division I or D-II. She really liked Oglethorpe. The coaching staff really recruited her. They developed a great relationship with her.”
Combee, a 5-foot-11 shooting guard who averaged 16 points and eight rebounds this past season, knew Brenau was the best place for her instead of Limestone or Agnes Scott.
“I had a lot of chemistry with the team and it just felt right,” she said. “My coach always said you know when you really want to go to a school.”
“I told coach [Kris] Stewart he’s getting a player in Anikee,” Grooms said. “She’s long and athletic. I really think she has the potential to be a great college player. She will be an All-American at some point at Brenau.”
Combee plans to major in physical therapy or sports medicine while Williams believes she will pursue a degree dealing with math or science.
“I’m very proud of both of them,” Grooms said.
Even though the Lady Eagles didn’t record their fourth straight perfect season, they were not denied a fourth consecutive GISA state title. Arlington also extended its winning streak to 105 games.
“It was the best four years,” Williams said. “Not a lot of people can say they won four straight state titles. It helped me polish my game so I can get to the next level and do bigger and better things.”
Now, Williams and Combee join Meghan Downes (UT-Chattanooga) and Jasmine Williams (Georgia College) and others as former Lady Eagles competing on the next level.
“We have really started a culture here,” Grooms said. “For the last five years, we have signed more than 11 girls to D-I and D-II schools.”