CHS’ Bradley, Smith ink scholarships

Published 12:51 am Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cathedral High School carries a long and storied tradition of sending athletes to the college ranks.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Green Wave etched two more names to its list.

Seniors Craig Bradley and Elizabeth Smith signed college scholarship papers, with Bradley inking baseball papers with Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and Smith signing softball papers with Southwest Mississippi Community College.

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“It’s a big deal for me to show the younger guys coming up that you can make it and what the older guys have done,” Bradley said. “I’ve got a buddy (former CHS star Gabe Smith) up there already, so I get to go play with him.”

“It’s really exciting. I’ve always wanted to go play baseball at the next level.”

Bradley serves as an infielder for the Green Wave baseball program, while Smith doubles as power-hitting infielder in addition to pitching duties.

Smith’s signing capped off a banner year in which she led the Lady Green Wave to a MAIS State Tournament appearance in addition to being named an MAIS All-Star.

“I’ve been working toward this day since I started playing,” Smith said. “It’s a big accomplishment.”

Smith said she chose the Lady Bears over interest from Hinds and Baton Rouge community colleges.

“I love their coaches,” Smith said. “They’re just like my high-school coaches, and it’s close to home.”

Smith said she thinks the biggest transition going from high school to the college ranks is being

on her own.

“It’s going to be different,” she said. “I’m going to miss my time here (at Cathedral). I’ve been here since pre-K until now.”

Bradley, who served as a member of the Green Wave’s 2016 MAIS AAA state runner-up squad, said he will always cherish his time in a Cathedral uniform.

“I’m going to miss the good tradition of winning,” Bradley said. “We’ve always won, and the great fans. It was an exciting time.”