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FARMINGTON HILLS – A fabulous foursome of North Farmington student athletes signed to play sports in college on Wednesday morning in a ceremony held for family, friends and coaches.

Both Kaitlyn Schoeppner and Nicayla Joyce signed National Letters of Intent for volleyball, while Sterling Sharp signed for baseball and Caleb Hogans signed for basketball.

Schoeppner inked with Mississippi State, Joyce with Winthrop University, Sharp with Eastern Michigan and Hogans with Spring Arbor.

One of the most productive pairs of hitters on the high school volleyball court this fall, Schoeppner and Joyce teamed to lead the Raiders’ program to its first district title in school history.

“We both put in a lot of hours and a lot of hard work to get to this point in our lives and I’m just glad we could do it together,” Joyce said.

In college at Winthrop – located in South Carolina –, Joyce will be switching roles and looked to as a defensive specialist at the libero position.

The Raiders’ talented tandem of Joyce and Shoeppner have been playing alongside each other since they were in elementary school.

“I set lofty goals for myself and it’s the people in this room right now, my parents, my coaches and my teammates, that gave me the confidence and support to put those goals in place,” Schoeppner said.

Hogans expressed similar sentiments.

“This accomplishment is a result of a lot of effort and determination,” Hogans said. “My coaches and family have been there with me every step of the way and I’m glad I could share this experience with them.”

The crafty point guard will be joining his older brother, Robert, (a North Farmington graduate in 2010), on the basketball team at Spring Arbor when he arrives on campus next year.

Sharp, a long and lanky 6-foot-5 pitcher, gave credit to his older brother for helping him land at the next level.

“My brother got up with me all those early mornings through the years and put me through my workouts and that kind of encouragement and support allowed me to get to where I am today.”

This winter, Sharp and Hogans will join forces on the Raiders’ basketball team, as each is entering their third year in the starting line-up for a squad coming off a 14-8 campaign last season.

Last Updated: 11/18/2012 3:00:43 AM EST

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