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Battery Creek’s Forehand inks track scholarship

  • Photo courtesy of Tyrone Pierce Forehand (seated, left) signs her letter of intent alongside her mother Eydie Moody, Battery Creek principal Chad Cox and track coach Tyrone Pierce.

Recent Battery Creek graduate Gari “GiGi” Forehand is officially committed to the track and field program at Newberry College, a decision she sealed last week at with her mother and coaches present.

Forehand was still uncertain about her college plans in May, but Newberry coach Kimour Bruce swayed her at the state championship meet in Columbia. Forehand placed fourth in the Class AAA discus throw with her future coach watching, and the two met afterward.

“Newberry wasn’t my first choice initially, but coach Kimour Bruce convinced me that Newberry was the right place to go and make my home,” Forehand said.

Forehand said his assurance that she’d have a place with both the discus and shot put units was a selling point.

Forehand also received an academic scholarship thanks to a well-rounded high school experience that included drum majoring for the Dolphin Pride Marching Band, earning a 3.5 grade-point average and playing basketball. She plans to major in sports management.

“Ever since I was little I’ve always been playing sports, so I think I should go towards what I’ve known my whole life. And I feel like career-wise I want to be an athletic director,” she said.

The newest member of the Newberry Wolves said her most important influence has been her mother Eydie Moody, a single mother of two.

“Ms. Eydie has done a wonderful job raising (Forehand),” Dolphins track coach Tyrone Pierce said. “I’m proud to have known them as people.”

Pierce added that Forehand will be missed at Battery Creek.

“GiGi was an instrumental part of our team and a great student. She was a team captain and leader inside of the school who others looked up to,” he said.

“I could always count on her showing up to practice with a smile on her face and cool demeanor. I am going to miss having GiGi around. She has been a member of my team since eighth grade. I’m glad she has the opportunity to compete at the college level and become a college graduate.”

Forehand moves in at Newberry on Aug. 17, with the track team immediately starting workouts.