Whit Merrifield (Baseball)

Whit, an All-State selection in High School in Davie County NC, was All-Defensive team his Freshman and Sophomore years, All-SEC his Freshman year and was the named the Ernest Banks Athlete of the Year at South Carolina his junior year. However, the highlight of Whit’s collegiate career came during the College World Series his junior year in 2010 when Whit delivered the game series clinching hit!

Following his junior year, Whit was a 9th round selection of the Kansas City Royals and went to on to become an All-Star in High A and was named Team MVP his 2nd year in High A. In 2013 Whit led his team in stolen bases for the Double AA Arkansas Naturals. He also was given the opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League. The following season, Whit was called up to the Royals AAA affiliate in Omaha and went on to help the Storm Chasers win the coveted AAA National Championship and was also named the organizations Minor League Player of the Year! Whit has his sights set on playing in the big leagues and has started the 2015 season off with the AAA Storm Chasers again.

“I come to athletic republic during the offseason because I feel it's the best place for me to get better. I can work on my agility, top end speed, and core strength. This is my 4th season coming because I continue to see positive results and that's what it's all about.”

Millesa Calicott

Millesa, a senior at Mt. Tabor High School, is currently in the middle of her second program at Athletic Republic as she prepares mentally and physically for the rigors of ACC basketball. Following a stellar high school career, Millesa accepted a full ride to Wake Forest after entertaining offers from Elon and Appalachian St. Some of her accolades she received as a (4) yr. starter at Mt. Tabor include Conference Player of the Year, Conference Tournament Player of the Year, Mary Garber Award (Northwest Player of the Year), and two time District Player of the Year among others. Millesa has also been selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game and was nominated to the McDonald's All-American Team.

Millesa was born in San Antonio, Texas and later lived in Colorado before moving to Winston-Salem. Although she had dreamed of playing for Tennessee as a little girl, she quickly gravitated to the Demon Deacons once she arrived in Winston. Millesa really enjoys reading a good book and also finds time to collect coins from all 50 states and currency from other countries. When she's not on the court, in the gym or at Athletic Republic, Millesa can usually be found relaxing and hanging out with friends and family. When asked about training at Athletic Republic, Millesa is quick to point out, "Training here has greatly improved my abilities and I definitely noticed a difference from before and after I came."

All of us here at Athletic Republic wish Millesa the best of luck as she continues this amazing journey on the hardwoods in ACC country!

Since opening our Winston-salem facility, Athletic Republic has helped hundreds of athletes improve their performance. Here are some that have excelled in their sport and have moved on to play at the next level:

Football
Lewis Barr; Georgia Southern, Carolina Renegades
Hunter Furr; UNC
Lawson Furr; Elon
Hunter Somerville; Campbell
Jared Barber; West Virginia
Taylor Pierce; Hampden Sydney
John Stamper; Wake Forest
Zach Long; Lenoir Rhyne
David Boyd; Wingate
Jermaine Clark; Colorado
Greg Robinson; ECU
Seth Cranfill; Gardner Webb
David Sapp; Wingate

 

Baseball
Matt Sapp; Gardner Webb
Matt Batts; Western Carolina
Garrett Hickman; Mt. Olive
Jon Holt; ECU
Greg Holt; UNC
Brett Peterson; Guilford
Chris Conner; Guilford
Nick Flachofsky; Lenoir Rhyne
Brandon Culbreth; NC State
Zach Long; Lenoir Rhyne

Soccer
Justin Tucker; UNCC
Atticus Lum; Coker
Ethan Kilby; Wofford
Alex Kahler; Meredith
Lindsay Pritchard; Brevard
Sara Catherine Robinson
Western Carolina
Meredith Keaton; Mt. Olive
Chelsea Holtsclaw; Brevard

Volleyball
Lisa Riggsbee; UNC – Asheville

Softball
Jessica Dzeskewicz; Meredith
Jessica Plemmons; UNCC

Basketball
Millesa Calicott; Wake Forest

Swimming
Tim Mann; UNC - Wilmington