Winston County's Blanton signs with Blue Mountain

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 2/27/19

DOUBLE SPRINGS — Saige Blanton has been a fixture on the court for four years at Winston County High School.

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Winston County's Blanton signs with Blue Mountain

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DOUBLE SPRINGS — Saige Blanton has been a fixture on the court for four years at Winston County High School.

The senior has led both the volleyball and basketball teams to countless wins during her time at Double Springs.

Now she will take her talents to Blue Mountain College. Blanton signed with the NAIA school on Wednesday. She is part of Blue Mountain’s inaugural volleyball signing class. The team will compete inside the Southern States Athletic Conference starting this fall.

At Winston County, Blanton led the Yellow Jackets to a pair of runner up finishes at the State Volleyball Tournament in Birmingham.

Under head coach Tiffany Cole, the Yellow Jackets narrowly missed out on the 2A state title in November, falling to county rival Addison in a grueling championship match — 25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 25-16, 15-8.

Blanton shined in the match, garnering All-State Team honors with 35 digs and 20 kills.

She also made the All-State Team as a sophomore. Winston County fell to St. Luke’s in 2016.

As a senior, Blanton had 508 kills, 182 digs, 63 aces and 46 blocks. She closes her career with 1,275 kills, 1,245 digs, 248 aces and 157 blocks.

She was also a leader on the girls basketball team at Winston County.

Blanton guided the Yellow Jackets to the regional tournament as a junior and finished her career with more than 1,000 points.

“It was a great four years,” Blanton said of her time at Winston County High School. “I had fun.”

Blanton, the daughter of Shelly and Shawn Blanton, chose Blue Mountain College after visiting the school, located in the city of Blue Mountain, which is 40 miles northwest of Tupelo.

“Their coach contacted coach Cole and wanted to see about me. They talked to me and I went up there to visit. It’s a really nice college. When I went there it just felt like that’s where God was leading me to go. I made my decision in January,” Blanton said. “I want to thank everybody for pushing me to play to the best of my abilities as well as my teachers and the staff here for helping me with anything I need.”

At Blue Mountain, Blanton will play for coach Reid Gann.

“We’re very happy to sign a player of Saige’s caliber,” Gann said in a statement. “With this being our first recruiting class, I had to hit the ground running in order to get players like her. I believe she’ll have a good impact for us in our first season and we are looking forward to it.”