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Four Long County athletes sign to play at next level
Tide signers
Four Long County athletes signed scholarships to continue their athletic careers on Wednesday, May 11. Pictured, from left, are Dwayne Rowe (Ohio Northern University), Josiah Ansorena-Smith (Manchester University), Brennan Lee (Toccoa Falls College) and Chase Giron (Olympic Development Program). Photo provided

The Long County Blue Tide have had a successful sports season and it has produced a handful of student- athletes moving on to the next level. Four athletes signed scholarships to continue their athletic careers on Wednesday, May 11.

The Tide football team had two sign scholarships with Division III schools in the Midwest. Josiah Ansorena-Smith and Dwayne Rowe signed with Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana, and Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, respectively.

Ansorena-Smith, who played a key role in the Tide’s new-look offense this past season, will play football and run track for the Spartans.

Rowe has been a key piece of three Tide teams since his freshman year. He was a three-time first team all-region selection for the football team, twice an all-region player for the basketball team and the same for the baseball team.

Rowe will continue his football career with the Polar Bears. The Polar Bears are in the same conference as Mount Union, where 2020 Tide graduate Treyon Davis plays football.

Chase Giron will delay his entrance to college for a year to hone his soccer skills. He signed to play for the pre-college academy Olympic Development Program in Atlanta.

Giron has been a key piece of the Tide soccer program for four years, leading his team to three playoff appearances and two region runner-up finishes. He joins his sister, Madison, at the collegiate level, as she plays soccer and softball for Middle Georgia State University in Macon.

Brennan Lee will continue his baseball career at Toccoa Falls College, a National Christian College Athletic Association school. He has been a big part of the team the last two years, playing a key role in the outfield and as a relief pitcher.

Lee should be able to make an immediate impact for the Screaming Eagles, who finished the 2022 season 16-36.

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