Clearwater Chargers hold National Signing Day event

CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Chargers Soccer Club’s annual parade of graduating members moving onto the next level took place last week at Clearwater Central Catholic High School.

Twenty-five student-athletes – 19 girls and six boys – signed their National Letters of Intent to play collegiate soccer next fall.

Of those 25, four hailed from North Pinellas high schools – Clearwater’s Lindsey Perkins (Saint Leo University), East Lake’s Thomas Dieffenthaller (Providence College) and Maggie Amos (Delta State University) and Palm Harbor University’s Katie Im (Davidson College).

“We are once again pleased to see such a fine group of young men and women achieving their goals both academically and athletically after all the hard work they have put in the past several years,” Chargers Director of Coaching Peter Mannino said in a press release.

This year’s Class of 2014 is part of the nearly 800 Chargers alumni who have gone on to play college soccer since 1972.

Prior to the Chargers’ event in Clearwater, PHU held a ceremony on campus for seven of its departing athletes.

Jacob Carson was the lone boys representative Wednesday, signing alongside six Lady Hurricanes.

Im also took part in this signing, joined by Class 5A state semifinalist teammates Alyssa Skryd (Florida Atlantic), Alexis Mouton (Alabama), Quinn Lombard (Furman), Mackenzie Geier (Northwestern State) and Sarah Raymond (Tampa).

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