Two Niceville athletes sign with 4-year schools

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:21 PM.

Niceville -- Niceville High School held its final signing ceremony of the year on Wednesday, and a pair of Eagles put the finishing touches on a banner year at the school.

Soccer player Kaitlyn Brown followed through on her pledge to sign with Oglethorpe College in suburban Atlanta, while golfer Harrison Krause officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play the next four years at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss. With their signings, Brown and Krause gave the Eagles a total of 38 athletes who have moved on to the next level during this school year.

For Brown, who played all four years for head coach Michael Denton at Niceville and helped lead the Lady Eagles to the Region 1-6A final as a senior, the choice to go to Oglethorpe was about more than soccer.

"I've visited the campus several times and it is a nice place," said Brown.

"A team captain during her senior season, Brown plans to enter the United States Air Force as a pilot and will attend Oglethorpe under an Air Force ROTC scholarship as well as a Presidential Merit Scholarship from the university. She will graduate from Niceville Magna Cum Laude and is already an accomplished glider pilot.

"Kaitlyn is a bright, dynamic player with a good first touch who is creative on the dribble," said Oglethorpe head coach Alan Woods. "We are so proud to have her as part of our program. Her educated runs and tenacious work ethic caught my eye, and that coupled with her academic prowess make her a great fit for our program."

Krause, an all-area performer for Niceville's golf program, chose to head to William Carey in Hattiesburg after meeting the team's coaching staff.

"They've got a great coach," said Krause. "Coach (Jeff) Mixon has a lot of experience and he has a master's degree in sports psychology, so he knows how to deal with us golfers. Hopefully I can go up there and work hard enough to start. I want to win championships there and hopefully further my career."

Krause was a team captain for a Niceville team that finished second in District 2-6A his senior season, and he caught the attention of William Carey after sending a video of his swing to the coaching staff.

A strong student, Krause plans to major in business at the four-year school.

"That way, even if I don't make it as a golfer, I can still have a business background that leads to playing a lot of golf anyway," said Krause with a smile.

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