Sydney McTigue flanked by parents Stephen and Prina McTigue, along with Cave Spring head volleyball coach Tamalyn Tanis.
Sydney McTigue flanked by parents Stephen and Prina McTigue, along with Cave Spring head volleyball coach Tamalyn Tanis.

A pair of prominent Cave Spring athletes made their intentions known to continue their play at the college level during a recent ceremony in the school’s auditorium.

It continued a banner season for Cave Spring senior athletes.

Sydney McTigue announced she will play volleyball for Bridgewater College. McTigue, a two-year varsity player and member of the Knights’ team that reached the VHSL Group 3A state championship final last November in Richmond, was a defensive setter under five-time state championship head coach Tamalyn Tanis.

McTigue, daughter of Prina and Stephen McTigue, also considered Wilkes University and Stevenson (Md) among her prospective choices. She carried a 3.8 GPA at Cave Spring.

“I just love volleyball.” Sydney said during the announcement. “I chose Bridgewater because they were people who really wanted me to be on their team.”

{L-R seated) Brothers Dawson and Brody, mom Cherie Hicks, Cager, dad Billy Hicks and sister Ainslee. Standing- Cave Spring assistant coach Derrick Roth (L) and Cave Spring head basketball coach Jacob Gruse.
{L-R seated) Brothers Dawson and Brody, mom Cherie Hicks, Cager, dad Billy Hicks and sister Ainslee.
Standing- Cave Spring assistant coach Derrick Roth (L) and Cave Spring head basketball coach Jacob Gruse.

Also at the ceremony, Cave Spring basketball standout Cager Hicks indicated he will be a walk-on at The Citadel in Charleston, SC where he hopes to join the program of first-year Bulldogs’ head coach Duggar Baucom.

Seemingly the perfect fit for the run-and-gun style of Baucom’s programs while at VMI, Hicks was a floor leader in the up-tempo style of Cave Spring head coach Jacob Gruse. Cave Spring reached the regional semifinals in 2015.

“I visited VMI while Coach Baucom was there, and loved the fast-paced style he uses,” Hicks noted. “When he moved to The Citadel I decided to pursue their offer for a walk-on spot. It took about two weeks to get everything in place and was a cool process. I’m very excited about the opportunity.”

Cager was an all-conference and all-regional selection his senior year at Cave Spring. He is the son of Cherie and Billy Hicks.

Bill Turner

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