Joined by family, teachers, coaches and friends, Spartanburg Day School seniors Corey Garrity and Jonathan Overton signed national letters of intent Wednesday to play at the collegiate level.
Corey signed a letter of intent to play tennis at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va., and Jonathan will play baseball at the University of South Carolina Union. Over the course of four years, these two student-athletes have competed on 24 varsity sports teams, won three state championships and were recognized on all-region and all-state teams.
At SDS, Corey is a three-sport athlete, running cross country and playing basketball in addition to tennis. He played No. 2 in 2019 when the varsity boys’ tennis team won the SCISA state championship and finished in the top 15 in the SCISA cross country state meet in 2020.
“I feel extremely grateful to have been a part of the Day School community for the past three years,” Garrity said. “The friendships and relationships I have developed with the faculty, staff and administration have helped prepare me for college. I would like to give a special thanks to (Tennis) Coach Bob Allsbrook who has had such a positive influence on my life both on and off the court. I have really enjoyed being a Griffin alongside my team and classmates. I am going to miss being a Griffin but I look forward to being a Wasp!”
Allsbrook said, “Corey is every coach’s dream. He continues to grow and develop his game. Corey has flown under the radar until now, but the college tennis world will know who he is. I look forward to seeing Corey continue to climb the lineup on his team. Great days are ahead for this very talented young man.”
Jonathan is a four-sport athlete at SDS, participating on the swimming, basketball, soccer and baseball teams. He is an all-region player, a starter in every sport and a state champion in the 100-meter backstroke. He was a member of two state championship teams – basketball and swimming.
“My time here at SDS has been full of memories and growth from start to finish,” Jonathan said. “I would like to thank all my teachers who have helped me along the way and made me into the student I am today. I also want to thank all my peers and coaches who have helped pushed me to become the best person and athlete that I can become."
SDS Baseball Coach Paul Kontowsky said, “Jonathon is an amazing kid with a great future ahead of him. I can’t wait to watch him play at the next level.”