Two weeks to the day after four Carroll County High School athletes made their college intentions known, three more signed letters of intent Thursday in Hillsville.
Senior basketball star Connor Lundy signed to play at Division II Queens University, baseball star Seth Burris inked with Southern Virginia University, and soccer standout Lindsay Brumfield announced her intention to play at West Virginia Tech.
A four year-starter, Lundy leaves Carroll County with a laundry list of accomplishments. Recently named the CCHS Male Athlete of the Year, Lundy was also an All-Conference 24 quarterback for the football team. He finished his high school basketball career as the all-time winningest player in school history with 76 wins and was the second-leading scorer in program history.
As a senior, Lundy earned First-Team All-Conference 24 honors as he led the Cavaliers with a team-high 16.7 points per game. He was also second on the team with 5.4 rebounds and 3 assists per contest. His 1.3 steals per game were fourth-highest for Carroll, and he shot 48 percent (138 of 288) from the field, 40 percent (49 of 123) from 3-point range and 72 percent (76 of 106) from the charity stripe.
“I think he exceeded all expectations. Connor came in and worked really, really hard his senior year and just surprised me every day with how well he played. I’m just real proud of him for the accomplishment,” Carroll County head coach Brad Hawks said. “If we needed somebody to score, he would score. If we needed somebody to help get the ball up the floor, he would be in the backcourt. If we needed a big rebound, he would be there to rebound. He was just a real big team leader this year and was a big part of our success over his four years. To leave as the winningest player in Carroll County history and second on the all-time leading scoring list, that is pretty big.”
Lundy said he will be getting a full ride to play basketball at Queens. He said he had many suitors for his services, including Radford University, Tusculum, Mars Hill, Catawba and VMI, among others. In football, Lundy said he was being looked at by James Madison, Elon, William & Mary, and several Division II schools such as Concord and Lenior-Rhyne. In the end, the chance to play for and learn from his uncle, Queens head coach Bart Lundy, was too good to pass up.
“That should be an interesting experience for me. I think I am going to enjoy it,” Lundy said. “My uncle is the coach and I think it will help me to learn. He is a coach and I want to go into coaching. I think it would be good to learn from him and I might be able to get a graduate assistant job after I graduate, so I am interested in that.”
Burris heads to Buena Vista to pitch for Southern Virginia University, a Division III school in the Capital Athletic Conference. Despite Carroll County’s struggles on the diamond in 2013, Burris has put up good numbers on the mound, going 2-3 for a team that was 3-11 heading into Friday’s game with Pulaski. Aside from winning two-thirds of the Cavaliers’ games, Burris had struck out 19 as opposed to 13 walks.
“Seth has done an outstanding job pitching for us this year,” Carroll County head baseball coach Joe Tompkins said. “We are not giving him the run support he deserves, but he will do great at the next level.”
Burris earned All-Southwest District honors as a junior when he went 4-2 on the mound with a 4.40 ERA. He pitched 35 innings and struck out 18 while walking just eight in 2013.
“I was pretty well set on going there,” Burris said of Southern Virginia. “I really liked the coaches and the atmosphere out there, and they are going to be getting a new field.”
Brumfield said she had her eyes set on West Virginia Tech, an NAIA school in Montgomery, W. Va., almost from the start.
“I am really excited because they kind of chose me. I had a Recruit-Me website and they started talking to me,” Brumfield said. “I am going to be Pre-Med and it is a technical school. They have really good science and other programs, which is why I was pretty much focused on them.”
Brumfield has played midfielder for Carroll County, but head coach Wayne Edmonds believes she will be able to play midfield or forward for the Golden Bears.
“I think she will do great at the college level. She has lots of skills. She’s just a very good soccer player,” Edmonds said. “I have known her since she was a toddler, so I got to see her grow up, but her skills have increased tremendously. She is our sole captain this year on the team and shows great leadership qualities. I think she will do fine. She is a very smart lady.”