A trio of talented St. Bernard athletes are headed to the next level.
Leahrose Mami and Andrew Sweeney signed cross country and track scholarships to Alabama and UAH, respectively, while Michael Bain Clemmons inked a soccer scholarship to Martin Methodist College in Tennessee on Wednesday — the athletes were joined by family, friends, teammates and coaches inside the office of athletic director William Calvert.
Mami and Sweeney racked up individual crowns in the Class 1A-2A race at the state cross country meet last Saturday to polish off their careers on the trails with six and seven consecutive wins, respectively. Sweeney set a state record in his classification with a 16:02 time, while Mami corralled All-State honors for a fourth straight year.
Sweeney helped the program claim state championships in both cross country and track and field in 2016, while Mami aided the Lady Saints to state cross country titles in 2014 and 2015.
Clemmons, meanwhile, has been a team captain since his sophomore season and has led his squad in assists for the past two years, both of which ended with playoff bids. The midfielder, who began his varsity career in the eighth grade, scored nine goals and assisted 19 more in 2016 en route to earning the program's Silver Boot Award.
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Michael Bain Clemmons
% School: Martin Methodist College (NAIA)
% Sport: Soccer
% Player Speak: "It's definitely exciting to have a plan for this future. I'm going to start working right away. I've been going to school at St. Bernard, which is small. Martin Methodist is familiar to me. It's a nice place and a small school. And I really like the program. I just need to work on my speed and touch this season." — Michael Bain Clemmons
% Coach Speak: "He's a solid player. He's scored some incredible goals, but he also has a great passing ability as well. That's because he sees the game well. Great attitude. Works hard. He's always going to camps, which I really think got himself out there to be seen." — John Drake
% School: Alabama (Division I)
% Sport: Cross Country, Track
% Player Speak: "It's exciting because my sister (Ayleana) went D3, and my brother (Steven) went D2. I never, never thought I'd be D1. I committed after state on Saturday, and we got it together. Now I just want to get my times faster in the spring." — Leahrose Mami
% Coach Speak: "Once Leahrose showed interest in Alabama, they responded. She's a great student and runner. Her window to improve open. There's no telling what she can do with college training. She's the first St. Bernard runner I've had go to Division I. It seems like she's been here forever, and I'm sure it feels that way to everyone else, too, (laughs), because she's been so darn good. She's been one of our best ever since she started. " — William Calvert
% School: UAH (Division II)
% Sport: Cross Country, Track
% Player Speak: "I'm starting a new chapter. I'm not quite ready yet, but I'm almost a collegiate runner. UAH was right up my alley. I want to major in aerospace engineering, and that's a really good school for it. And their coach has a very good philosophy. I knew it was going to be a good place for me. This last week has been nice." — Andrew Sweeney
% Coach Speak: "I'm elated for Andrew. His accomplished and achievements ... nobody deserves them more than he does. He's progressed nicely and worked really hard. If he needed to be in the weight room, he was there. If he needed to add more miles or speed, he did it. That's the beauty of the process. That's the beauty of coaching. To watch Andrew and others like him with God-given talent go through those levels and have that success." — William Calvert