Bobcats Tighten Backline with Signees

Banner Elk, NC--Head Men's Soccer Coach Chris Whalley is pleased to announce the recent signings of two student-athletes to the Bobcats soccer program. Logan Linton (Merritt Island, FL) and William Leggett (Garner, NC) will join the Bobcats in the fall of 2007.

Linton will graduate from Merritt Island High School after helping his team to a 28-1-0 record in his senior season, finishing the season as the NSCAA's number one ranked high school team in the nation and winning District, Regional and Cape Coast championships. Logan was awarded the State Farm Sportsmanship Award at his team's Class 4A state semi-final. He was also named to the District, Regional, and North-South All Star teams. The Florida Today newspaper also named Logan to the All Cape Coast First Team as voted on by the conference coaches.

"Logan will be a great addition to the Bobcat squad. He is able to play both left back and left midfield and these are both positions that we are looking to strengthen this year. He is two footed and I feel certain he will assist many goals this coming season while also tightening up the back line," stated Assistant Coach Calvin Dixon.

"We are very excited about Logan committing to us. He will give us natural left sided balance and is another good student athlete added to the roster," added Whalley.

Logan, the son of Donny and Lou Ann Linton, is undecided on his major. Logan also has a younger sister, Hannah who is a promising freshman soccer player.

Leggett will graduate from William G. Enloe High school, making the transition to collegiate soccer after a standout high school and club ('88 CASL Premier) career. For his efforts in the classroom, William has been named to the Academic All Conference team the past two seasons.

"William will be a great addition to the squad; he has been successful in the classroom as well as the soccer field. Will is predominantly a defender with good speed and I am looking forward to working with him," said Whalley.
William, the son of George and Rebecca Leggett, will major in Religious Studies at Lees-McRae.

The Bobcats are coming off of their second consecutive winning season under Coach Whalley. The 2006 season saw the Bobcats ranked in the top 25 in NCAA Division II for three weeks, achieving the highest ranking in school history, 13th.

"My goal is to get our team back to winning conference championships and to make the program into a powerhouse in the southeast region," said Whalley.

The Bobcats won the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Championship in 1998, 2002 and 2003. Current Assistant Coaches Nick Young '02 and Calvin Dixon '05 each earned two championships during their time in green and gold.

Lees-McRae is a private four year liberal arts college located in Banner Elk, NC and is affiliated with the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference as well as the NCAA Division II ranks.