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Rashaun Buckmon signs with Limestone


On Friday, May 10, Barnwell High School’s Rashaun Buckmon signed to play soccer at Limestone University this fall. Friends, coaches, administrators, and family gathered to celebrate Rashaun’s signing in the Barnwell High School media center.
Rashaun was asked about why he chose Limestone University and said, “Limestone reminds me of Barnwell. It is a very rural, quiet setting, with very generous people. I also like how very proper and formatted the soccer program is there. It feels great knowing that I will continue playing a sport I love.”
He plans to major in Information Technology and become an IT Specialist upon graduation.
Barnwell head soccer coach William Barnes told a story about Rashaun playing in a big game his sophomore season against Wade Hampton. “We went into overtime against Wade Hampton, a team that we had not beaten in many years…both teams were tied with 4 pk’s (penalty kicks) and they missed their last one. Rashaun walks up as a young sophomore. If he makes it we win and if he misses it we have to keep going. At the beginning, he looked a little like he was going to throw up on the side there. Pressure was building up more and more, then Rashaun kicks it and it goes into the goal and we win it in overtime. Rashuan takes off running then the team jumped on top of him…I really enjoyed that moment.”
Luke Catoe, who coached Rashaun on the JV soccer team and on the cross-country team, said he’s enjoyed watching Rashaun compete and “become the all-around player he is today. He always gave his all in cross-country and soccer and I am proud to have been his coach in both sports! I know he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do.”
Asked if he had any advice for younger athletes that might want to follow in his footsteps and play on the collegiate level, Rashaun said, “Invest in yourself and your work will show. Mostly, I would say to remember to become a student first.” That sounds like good ­advice. Speaking of advice, Rashaun wanted to thank Mrs. Evans, a substitute teacher who once spent more than an hour giving him what he referred to as an “inspirational and encouraging talk.” He took in every piece of advice she gave him that day.
We wish Rashaun the best as he heads to Limestone University and looks to play forward for the Saints soccer team this fall. Go Saints!