Goose Creek High School hosts historic spring athletic signing event
Published Thursday, April 12, 2018
Pictured from left to right are Jacob Arnold, Dominic Bailer and Danny Faulk. (BCSD photo)
There weren’t many people in the Goose Creek High School auditorium on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., but those filling seats were important. They were there to show support for three athletes inking letters of intent – carrying their skills to competition on the collegiate level.
It was an afternoon with emotion visible on the faces of dedicated student-athletes and their supporters. It was a day of reflection on why, of all offers, they chose the colleges/universities they’ll compete for. While some seats were empty, hearts were full as family members, friends, coaches and GCHS administrators applauded the accomplishments of Danny Faulk, Jacob Arnold and Dominic Bailer.
For Goose Creek High School, it was also a day of firsts. VIEW PHOTOS
It was the first time in school history two wrestlers signed collegiate letters of intent in the same year, and it was also the first time in school history a student-athlete signed to play a sport not offered at the school.
“I’m proud of the guys,” GCHS Athletic Director Chris Buchholz said. “I’m proud to have five athletes (two undecided) going on to the next level. But, I definitely want to make it my goal to get a lot more. The reason these guys were able to make that next step is because of their grades. We have a ton of talent here, but we have some kids here that haven’t figured out that missing component. ..I hope that these guys are an inspiration to their teammates and others at the school.”
Bailer described the day as rewarding. For several years he and his family fought to get a lacrosse team at the school. He’ll graduate in May, and the school will still be without a team. But, administrators at his signing admitted his commitment laid the groundwork.
While playing on several local club teams, Bailer contacted college coaches on his own, toured campuses and attended prospect camps.
“It was a big struggle, but it was worth it,” Bailer said after signing his letter of intent with Newberry College.
Bailer was the 2016-2017 offensive player of the year on the club level with more than 60 goals and more than 30 assists.
While he didn’t always feel supported in his journey as a lacrosse player and student at Goose Creek High School, Bailer said Principal Shameka Washington and Athletic Director Chris Buchholz have been wonderful.
“Unfortunately at Goose Creek High School, we do not have a lacrosse team, for many reasons,” Buchholz said. “We are definitely working towards a path of going that route. I will say that Dominic and his family are instrumental in starting that surge. We are definitely very proud of him and his family for that.”
Jacob Arnold finished third in the state wrestling meet this year. He lettered all four years of high school, and as a member of the junior wrestling club, he began wrestling with coaches at Goose Creek before ever stepping foot on the campus.
“I can’t even put into words how excited I am,” Arnold said. “…I’m moving forward to that next step of being better at doing what I love.”
Arnold, a North-South All-Star selection, had offers from 10 schools and signed with St. Andrews University. He selected the school, because it “felt like home” when he visited the campus.
Danny Faulk was the runner-up to the state wrestling champion this year in his weight class. He also earned varsity letters all four years of high school, and was the captain of the team his senior year. Like Arnold, he was also selected for the North-South All-Star Wrestling Team.
“I think I picked the best place for me,” Faulk said. “…It just felt right.”
Faulk picked Limestone College over offers from Duke, The Citadel and St. Andrews, to name a few. He admitted his emotions got in the way a bit as he tried to recall why he selected Limestone. He said none of this achievements as a wrestler would have been possible without things he learned from his family and the support of coaches and current administrators at Goose Creek High School.
“All of my administrators, I love them. They’re good. They come out to the meets. That’s big. When administrators come out to the meets, that’s important. That’s a big thing to me.”