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SPRING VALLEY - Dana Maynard likes to argue and prove people wrong.

Someone must have told him he never would play college soccer.

The Spring Valley High School standout signed Tuesday to play at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

"Since my freshman year, I've seen a lot of people here sign to play college sports," Maynard said. "I decided I'd have to go do that."

Maynard's dogged determination to become a college player surprised no one who coached him.

"Dana is as determined a player as I've ever coached," Spring Valley coach Scott Maddox said. "He told me he'd play college soccer and now he will. I doubted him at times, but he's proven me wrong."

Scott Davies was Maynard's travel team coach.

"Dana was by far the most confident player on our team," Davies said. "Once he sets his mind to something, he does it. He worked very hard."

So hard, in fact, that Maynard once lost his lunch after a particularly strenuous workout with trainer Kyle Sniatecki, a former Marshall University standout, coach at Huntington High and owner of Soccer by Sniatecki.

"It's cool to work with people who are driven," Sniatecki said of Maynard, who helped the Timberwolves to the semifinals of the state tournament last season. "He's dedicated and determined. Plenty of times he has pushed the limit."

Maynard is versatile, having played nearly every position. He said he thinks that might serve him well at Oglethorpe, a NCAA Division III school he chose over Coastal Carolina. Oglethorpe has an enrollment of about 1,000 and the school's mascot is the Stormy Petrel, a seabird.

"They're small, but it's a very good program," Maynard said. "I like the diversity there since I'm half Egyptian. I hope to make a big impact and set some records."

Maynard said he will major in International Law.

"I love to argue about any possible things," Maynard said.


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