Signing day a big moment for five Holy Trinity seniors


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Five Holy Trinity seniors signed a National Letter of Intent to play sports at the next level.Pictured are: (back row, l-r) Payton Yates and Emily Noe, (front row l-r) Pedro Gonzalez, Shelby Seage and Kailey Dunne.

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It was a big day for the Holy Trinity athletic program as five seniors signed a National Letter of Intent to play at the next level.

Pedro Gonzalez is heading to FAMU to play baseball, while Emily Noe -- the volleyball program’s all-time leader in assists, digs and aces – officially signed with the University of Tampa.

Shelby Seage will continue her volleyball career at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Then there were soccer players Kailey Dunne (Queens University of Charlotte) and Payton Yates (University of North Alabama), who both said their love of their respective college campuses played a big factor in their decisions.

“Everyone always says when you’re trying to pick a school, make sure you would want to go there if you couldn’t play soccer,” Dunne said. “That’s one of the biggest things that drew me.

“The campus is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a small school. You get that one-on-one teacher relationship. I went and visited and all the girls were so nice and welcoming … and the coaches are super nice.”

Dunne, who chose the school over offers from The Citadel and Catawba College, said she plans to major in pre-physical therapy.

Yates, meanwhile, said that while she didn’t know much about North Alabama at first, her visit to the school – which was established in 1830 -- blew her away.

“When I toured it and I met the coach, it was kind of like that magical moment where everything seemed to be perfect,” she said. “The coaches were super nice. The (campus) is beautiful. It’s from the 1800s, so it’s older. The buildings are (made out of) brick.

“I just fell in love with the area. It’s a small town, but it’s two hours away from Nashville. I get to be in the mountains and do hiking and lakes and then I can just drive and (Nashville) is right there.”

Yates plans to major in history with a minor in sports management.

And because North Alabama plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference, Yates will get to play against a number of Florida teams like Stetson, Florida Gulf Coast, North Florida and Jacksonville.

“It’s super high-level competition,” Yates said. “I’m super excited to be playing against teams in my home state so my mom and my family can see me play.”