It seems that the coronavirus is interrupting a lot of life—and all of sports—these days. The families and coaches of two standout Altavista Colonels football players from the class of 2020 weren’t about to let it cancel their signing day, even if they did have to get creative to make it happen.

On April 20, Altavista High School Seniors Bailey Stinnette and Nathan Weeks signed their letters of intent to play college football. Because COVID-19 restrictions made holding the event at the high school untenable, the event took place at the Lynch Station Ruritan Club instead.

With the small group of attendees spread throughout the hall and the numbers limited because of government restrictions, the two longtime Colonels athletes had their signing anyway. Coaches offered congratulatory remarks to the players, and parents expressed thanks to the coaches, Athletic Director Dean Hubbard, and Athletic Trainer Angela Emerson.

Stinnette played primarily wide receiver and safety as a Colonel, although he spent some time as quarterback and cornerback, as well. He also played basketball and baseball in an Altavista uniform. He will be attending Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA (near Harrisonburg). He plans to major in health and exercise science in preparation to go into physical therapy. Stinnette will be a wide receiver for the Eagles.

Weeks played on the offensive and defensive lines at Altavista; he was listed as a guard and defensive end for the Colonels. He specialized in football, but he also spent plenty of time in the off-season in the weight room. He will be attending Averett University in Danville and plans to major in sports management. Weeks will be a defensive tackle for the Cougars.

The Altavista Journal congratulates these two longtime Colonels on their standout high school careers. Good luck in your college careers!

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