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Sheyenne Seabolt signs with University of North Georgia
Seabolt signing pic
Dawson County High School senior Sheyenne Seabolt signed her letter of intent to play basketball for the University of North Georgia on April 24. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

Dawson County High School has signed another of its own to an area college.

Sheyenne Seabolt, last week, signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at the University of North Georgia.

"I saw Sheyenne play at 9 and 10 years old in park and rec games and I coached her in high school," said Dawson County High School Head Basketball Coach Steve Sweat. "Now I'll get to see her play in college, which is such a joy for a coach."

Sweat said he had a closer connection to this signing than most, as he helped Seabolt's mother attend college, as well.

"This is a first for me. Sheyenne's mom was a really good basketball player and a senior on my first year head coaching the basketball team," he said. "My wife, Sandy, and I took her to ... college in 1987. This is the first daughter of a mother that I helped both get to college."

One of Sweat's assistant coaches, Anne Hyams, said that she felt that Seabolt would be a great asset to the Nighthawks.

"I feel like Sheyenne is going to have a huge impact on their program. I've really enjoyed watching her throughout her high school career," she said. "She's been blessed with so much God-given talent and I think she hasn't even reached her top potential yet."

Seabolt ended her high school career with two visits deep into the state tournament - the most recent one ending undefeated until the final game in the Elite 8 round of play.

According to Sweat, she scored more than 1,500 points and pulled down more than 800 rebounds during her career.

"I'm proud of Sheyenne," said her father, Steven. "She's worked hard and put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this."

This signing was especially bittersweet to Sweat, as the recently-ended basketball season was his last with Dawson County before retiring.

"I'm proud to have been [Sheyenne's] coach," he said. "She will always be one of my daughters, just like the rest of the group that I've coached."

Seabolt said that she was thankful to everyone in her life and the drive they gave her.

"I just want to give a big thanks to my family, friends and coaches for all the support and for pushing me to do everything I've been able to do so I could [sign today]," she said.