West Stokes recent graduate Reid Pettitt signed to play lacrosse for William Peace University and plans to be part of the new program the Pacers are building in their second year of competition at the division three level.
“I started at West four years ago when the program was just beginning and I really want to help Peace do the same thing,” said the athlete. “I realized midway through my junior year that I could possibly play college lacrosse. The school is a close knit community, a lot like West. I just feel I can thrive at a smaller school and make more of a difference.”
Pettitt has been a four year varsity player, all-conference his junior and senior season, and selected to play in the East/West All-Star game last month in Greensboro. He scored 81 career goals in 65 contests and tallied 65 assists.
“Reid has developed a lot since his freshman year which speaks a lot about his character,” said Wildcat coach Colon Moore. “He has the willingness to step in and play anywhere. He’s not going to kill you with his speed and quickness, but he knows when to make those right moves. Knowing when to make a move makes you as quick as those guys that are a lot faster. I think he made a really good choice in Peace.”
Pettitt is the son of Lee and Jennifer Pettitt of King. He plans to major in exercise science with the goal of working in physical therapy. He was a member of the Young Life Club and the Honor Society while at West.
“I think the school fits him well,” said his father. “Hopefully he will be able to come in and make an impact. We also really liked the academic and tutoring program. Coach (Nate) Bates wants them to be prepared for the next step and the real world and his mother and I like that about him and the school.”
William Peace University is a small liberal arts college in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. William Peace competes in the USA South Athletic Conference as a Division III school in the NCAA.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.