Williamson, Akoro sign letters of intent to play college sports

BY ALEX GRUBERMAN
WEEKLY REPORTER

Imani Williamson signs her letter committing to play volleyball at
Jefferson College. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Two O’Fallon Township High School athletes have chosen where they plan to go to college and have signed letters of intent to play their given sport.

Imani Williamson signed to further her volleyball career at Jefferson College. Coach Melissa Massey had nothing but great things to say about Imani.

“We have watched Imani grow to be not only an amazing volleyball player, but a tremendous teammate and leader. We will definitely be going to watch Imani dominate next year at Jefferson College,” Massey said.

Teammates also chimed in and said nothing but kind words about Imani and all that she has done on and off the volleyball court.

Celeste Akoro signed to further her basketball career with Virginia Tech. Celeste has been out this season with an injury, but she is ready to forget about that and get back on the court with the Lady Hokies. She was ranked second in the St. Louis area last season with 114 blocks.

Celeste Akoro signs her letter committing to play basketball at Virginia Tech.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Alex Gruberman)

Celeste said she was a little nervous to play in the ACC but that she’s up for the challenge.

“Yes, but I’m also excited to play in the ACC. It’s always a tough conference to play in,” she said.

Celeste’s parents, her sister Izzy, who also plays for the Lady Panthers, and her brother were on hand to see Celeste sign her papers. Friends and teammates also got to see this once in a lifetime moment as well.

After signing her papers, Celeste took photos with friends, family, teammates, and coaches.

“First off I’m proud of her and all her accomplishments. Virginia Tech is going to be a great place for her to show her skills off. It’s never easy when you hear your losing a top player this season, but we’ve managed,” said Girls Basketball Head Coach Ryan Massey. “We wish her the best of luck and we will be watching her every time Virginia Tech is on television.”