Two Red Devils sign National Letters of Intent

Feb 08 Written by 

Clinton High School’s Kody Varn and Haleigh Kuykendall took the next step in their athletic and academic careers on Wednesday as they signed their National Letter of Intent to their respective universities.

Varn was 165 pounds when he approached Coach Webb about playing offensive line the Clinton Red Devils. For what seemed an improbable feat for the sophomore, he put in the time and the effort to become a 250-pound, collegiate-level athlete.

Varn has signed his NLI with Newberry College and will be playing on the interior of the offensive line. He elaborated on his decision to attend Newberry and said that the school is a “very family-oriented school.”

Other schools that were interested in Varn were Presbyterian College, Lenoir Rhyne University and Catawba College. He was initially committed to PC but the reconstruction of the football program led him to reconsider schools. His father, Todd Varn, is the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at PC. 

Varn is looking to major in Sports Management during his tenure at Newberry and says that he aspires to become an athletic director. When asked about a moment that stuck out in his mind while at Clinton, Varn mentioned his first game against AC Flora High School in which the Devils won in overtime and he also mentioned defeating Laurens in his junior season.

Another Red Devil signed her National Letter of Intent for a sport outside of the SCHSL as Haleigh Kuykendall signed with Martin Methodist College on a bowling scholarship.

Kuykendall’s journey to become a collegiate bowler began nine years ago when she went bowling on a family outing and discovered that she really enjoyed playing the sport. Upon her discovery, she stopped doing gymnastics and dance and focused solely on bowling. She said she thoroughly enjoyed the social aspect of bowling, where she was provided the opportunity to meet people and socialize.

Three years ago, she began bowling competitively throughout the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia and this year she was able to bowl in the Junior Gold Championships in Dallas, TX.

Her sophomore year, she began searching for her way into a school that offered bowling but one that wasn’t too large. A friend told her about the bowling program at Martin Methodist and sent the coach some of her film. Her coach at Martin Methodist is “Mr. 300” Bob Learn who won five PBA titles in his professional bowling career.

The state of South Carolina produces more Junior Olympic Bowlers than any other state in America and Kuykendall may just have her opportunity to participate on that level as her career advances.

Kuykendall averages around 210 in tournament play and her league average is around 185. The best game she has ever bowled is 279.

Kuykendall is going to major in Business with a minor in Mathematics in hopes to become a Financial Manager.

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