Four McCallie athletes announced their plans to participate in college sports during the fall signing period, with three seniors signing with NCAA Division I programs in track and field, basketball, and lacrosse.
Hakim McMorris will run track for the University of California-Berkeley, Jr. Clay will join the basketball program at Tennessee Tech, and lacrosse players Sterlyn Ardrey and Andrew Bolin will play in college at Hofstra and the University of the South, respectively.
McMorris has had an amazing athletic career at McCallie. He won the Division II Decathlon at the 2017 TSSAA State Meet with the a decathlon score rated No. 1 in the nation, and was also state champ in 300 hurdles. He finished second in triple jump, tied for third in high jump and sixth in 110 hurdles. McMorris is also a receiver and defensive lineman on the Blue Tornado football team.
Clay averaged more than 14 points per game with 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals per outing in his junior season. He was a Division II Mr. Basketball Finalist, an award given to the top player in the state in that division.
A three-time All-State honoree, Clay made 50 percent of his field goal attempts, shot 38 percent from three-point range and connected on 77 percent of his free throw tries. He has been selected as most valuable player of the Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps Tournament the past two seasons and was named to the Arby’s Classic All-Tournament Team last December.
Ardrey scored 20 goals and 7 assists in his junior year, and is the leading point scoring midfielder coming back for 2018. Sterlyn is the Gus McGravey #8 award winner for the 2018 team. This is a memorial award given to a student who best exemplifies Gus's gutsy, gritty, selfless character. Ardrey is also an Ambassador of the Nation United Lacrosse Club which aims to spread and celebrate the game among under-represented groups from diverse backgrounds within the sport of lacrosse.
Bolin has played in every game since he arrived on campus in for his sophomore season in 2016, starting the majority of them. He earned the 2016 "Iron Man" award as the most tireless player the Blue Tornado team. In 2017 he earned the James Jones "X Factor" award which is given to the player who contributes to the team in the most diverse ways. Bolin plays both offense and defense and is McCallie’s primary short stick middie on the wing for face offs. He plays his club lacrosse for the decorated Virginia Lacrosse Club.