By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
NORTH PORT — Football may have dominated National Signing Day, but that wasn’t the case at North Port High School Wednesday afternoon.
Instead, it was a winter sport and a spring sport that sent two Bobcats to the next level.
Alexis Howarth signed a scholarship to play soccer at Ave Maria University near Naples while softball player Skylar Poitras signed to play at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale.
Howarth, who played outside back for North Port, also had offers from Emmanuel College in Boston and Albertus Magnus in Connecticut but only visited Ave Maria. She fell in love instantly.
“I practiced with the team, I went to classes and I kind of just fell in love with the atmosphere and the team dynamics,” Howarth said. “They do laser tagging, go to the beach and everything and that’s something that I seemed to like. I fell in love with the dorms too and especially how close it was to Naples so I can still have that college life.”
Poitras, who can play catcher or second base, was considering Lynn University in Boca Raton as well as Saint Leo University, but the schools already had their positions filled up. That left Broward College, which Poitras says was recommended to her by a friend.
“I’m definitely looking forward to playing with new people,” Poitras said. “I’ve been playing with the same group of girls since I was really little and I love them to death, but once you start playing with them for awhile you kind of want to start playing with somebody else.”
“But I’m going to miss all the girls I played with and the environment (at North Port).”