By ADELYN WALLS
Jasper County High School senior Chandler Dunning signed to play soccer at Point University on Monday.
Mr. Dunning has played soccer for the Monticello Hurricanes for the past four years and will start at Point in the fall. Point University is a private, Christian college in West Point, Ga. Mr. Dunning researched Point and reached out to Coach Wozniak along with players on the men’s team over the summer.
“At Point we use our athletics to show discipline and behavior on and off the field that represents Christ,’’ said Coach Mark Wozniak. “Chandler was a great fit for our program, not just because of his work in athletics, but academics as well.”
Chandler stated he worked by a simple quote these past few years, “Dedication, hard work all the time, and belief.” Mr. Dunning said he’s incredibly grateful to God for this surreal opportunity to play at the college level.
“Soccer is an amazing honor and something I will carry with me forever, I love these people and I’ll be forever grateful for this town.” He mentioned it was a hard journey but he wouldn’t change a thing about it.
Jasper County boy’s soccer team head coach, Justin Lesuer spoke well of Chandler on Monday. “You can see the work he’s put in, not just at practice, but over the summer, and by himself as well.”
Athletic director, Eddie Roberts, commented on Chandler’s motivation to help not only the soccer program, but athletics as a whole. “We’re all very proud of him,” said JCHS Principal Buddy Cain. Mr. Dunning was joined by his grandparents, his parents, Scott and Becky, and his sister, Jordan Grace, along with coaches Justin Lesuer, Brian Walls, and Mark Wozniak.