North Marion: Small School, Big Names for Florida Gators Baseball


Courtesy of Anissa Dimilta / UAA

The town of Citra is home to just over 8,000 people. And North Marion High School, which services the town, has just 1,300 students enrolled.


But the quaintness of the town and the school’s derogatory nickname, “Cow Patty High”, doesn’t stop it from breeding high-caliber athletes and sending them 45 minutes north to the University of Florida.


On the gridiron, the North Marion Colts shipped former Florida Gators wide receiver and current Seattle Seahawk, Freddie Swain, to don the Orange and Blue. That was in 2016.


Most recently, the Colts’ most coveted athletes are found on the baseball diamond.


Last season, North Marion alum Sterlin Thompson signed with the Florida Gators after previously being committed to play for the Stetson Hatters.


“I’ve always wanted to be a Gator,” Thompson said on his signing day on Feb. 27, 2020. “I really like the program there; I like Coach Sully and what he’s doing there... He has a powerhouse of a program.”