BONIFAY — Surrounded by friends, family, teachers and teammates Holmes County High School senior Mikayla Moore signed a two-year basketball scholarship with the Northwest Florida State Raiders on April 3 in the Holmes County High School’s library.
“What makes this team so special was some of the qualities that I’m looking for in all my student athletes,” said Head Coach of the NWFS Raiders Patrick Harrington. “We went out on a bus trip and it was a lot of time spent together, 10 days in fact before we came back. We didn’t have one sulky attitude, not one sourpuss, no problems and no bad times and they conducted themselves in a manner that was so positive that I was more proud of what they did off the court then they did on the court and they did pretty darn good on the court.”
Harrington said a lot of them have moved on to higher ranked schools.
“These are kids who qualified academically and just generally overlooked and then when they came and played in our program and they got the attention they deserved and I really feel that Northwest Florida State is a stepping stone for you to go and follow your dreams as a student athlete,” said Harrington. “Last summer Mikayla came to my camp, my little league camp, and I was thinking that I would like to see someone come through our program on full scholarship and I know she’s a very good student, she’s very passionate about the game and she’s had tremendous success here. What I would like to see her do is have a great experience with us at Northwest Florida State and be able to transition to where she wants to go, if it’s after one year or if it’s after two years.”
Holmes County High School Head Coach Devon Miles said that he was very proud of the progress she’s made, having coached her since the seventh grade.
“I’ve seen a trend of players coming back in town after six months of college and I don’t want to see you back in town after only six months,” said Miles. “You better work hard and you better make every single one here proud. I appreciate everything you did in middle school and in high school. Everyone here’s going to miss you.”
Mikayla said she is going to major in Elementary Education.