Viera High’s spring signing day is biggest yet


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Viera High seniors P.J. Robinson, left, Tyler Fells, Jacob Buck, Alec Neal, Nicki Fisher, Molly Bryan and Tyler Holland sign their National Letters of Intent.

Spring signing day at Viera High was memorable not only for the number of athletes involved, but the sports they represented.

Tyler Holland became the first Viera lacrosse player to earn a scholarship when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play at North Greenville University.

Molly Bryan, who has agreed to walk on at Florida Atlantic University, will be the first Viera cross country runner to compete at the next level. She will also run track.

Baseball player P.J. Robinson signed with Harvard, making him the first Viera athlete to play in the Ivy League.

Also signing were Nicki Fisher (Darton State), a member of the school’s first state championship girls soccer team, baseball players Alec Neal (Daytona State College) and Jacob Buck (Florida Tech) and soccer’s Tyler Fells (Missouri Valley College).

The seven athletes represented the largest number of students the Hawks have had in a given signing period, just another sign of how far the school has come since opening its doors in 2006.

The idea of running in college started to become a possibility for Bryan after her junior track season, and especially after her senior cross country campaign.

“I was originally doing soccer and I started track my sophomore year, just to try it out because my cousin was running,” Bryan said. “I was like, ‘OK, I’ll just do this for fun. We’ll see how it goes.’ And I ended up being really good at it.

“It just kind of shocked me.”

Now she is always going to be known as the first Viera cross country runner to move on and compete in college.

“It feels really good, because I worked really hard for this,” she said with a smile. “I’m very proud of myself.”

Bryan plans to major in Music Business.

Holland, meanwhile, took his honor of being the first lacrosse player to get a scholarship in stride.

“It’s pretty special,” he said.

Holland also considered Pfeiffer University, but chose North Greenville, a Division II program that just completed its inaugural season.

“I really like the coach and they’ve got a lot of new facilities,” Holland said.

Like Bryan, Holland decided playing in college was possible a year ago. 

Getting a chance to have a moment like signing day in front of friends and family was a special day for Holland, just as it was for all Viera athletes who signed this spring.