Derrick Webb, Staff Writer
BAINBRIDGE — After a successful four-year stint at Paint Valley, Bryce Newland will trade his Bearcat stripes for a sword.
Newland, the Bearcats’ quarterback over the past four seasons, committed to Walsh University on Sunday and signed Tuesday to further his academic and athletic careers.
“I visited different colleges of all different divisions and I just had a gut feeling at Walsh,” Newland said. “I really liked everything they had to offer academically and athletically.”
Newland was an imperative piece to the Bearcats’ second straight playoff appearance this past fall, even after suffering an injury in Week 4.
In the four games Newland competed in, Paint Valley was 3-1 and outscored its opponents 131-91.
Overall, in his four years as a Bearcat, Newland led the team to an overall record of 26-17 and an 18-13 mark inside the SVC. Those numbers include a Gold Ball and a playoff win during his junior year.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family, friends, and coaches,” Newland said. “They’ve pushed me to be the best I can be and I am forever thankful for them and everything they have done for me.”
Walsh ended its season at 3-8 last season. The Cavaliers are a NCAA Division II team and play in the G-MAC.
“I’m mostly looking forward to the experience,” Newland said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m lucky enough to get to be a part of it. It’s unbelievable. It’s been a goal of mine for a long time and to officially become a college athlete, it’s a surreal moment.”