Herbert Hoover softball pitcher Delani Buckner was named Thursday as the Gatorade West Virginia Player of the Year for the second time in her prep career.
In recent seasons, Capital has been a bit of an afterthought in terms of prep softball, overshadowed by some of its Class AAA Kanawha Valley contemporaries.
Charleston Catholic softball coach Kevin Corbett’s experience through the canceled season has been a bit different than the rest of the Kanawha Valley coaches.
As stout as Class AA Region 4 softball has been over the years, a lot of great teams and great players have been swallowed up early in the postseason.
It should have been a season of hellos and goodbyes for Riverside, but like everyone else, the opportunity to do either was derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
While St. Albans had assembled a talent-stacked roster this season, South Charleston wasn’t quite ready to hand the Red Dragons a Class AAA Region 3 Section 1 crown just yet.
On the bright side, Winfield had no seniors on its softball roster entering this season, meaning the entire team will be back in the fold — barring injury or transfers — once play begins next season.
An easy argument could be made that no prep softball team in the Kanawha Valley was looking forward to this season more than Sissonville.
You may have noticed over the last couple of weeks that I’ve been churning out stories on all of the Kanawha Valley softball teams, taking a look at what could have been and what will be a year from now.
Perhaps no team in the state – at least among those reaching the state tournament a year ago – had as much to replace as George Washington would have this season.
While the vast majority of prep softball teams in West Virginia would have had holes to fill and questions to answer, St. Albans and coach Christian Watts likely had the opposite problem — trying to find at-bats and playing time for a plethora of talented, experienced players.
If last year’s trip to the state tournament was a learning experience for the Nitro softball team, the Wildcats were sure poised to capitalize on the lessons learned this season, at least on paper.
For years, most wondered what it would take to ultimately derail the Hurricane dynasty. As dominant as the Redskins have been in winning five straight championships and six of the last seven, at times it has seemed like it would take divine intervention.
After the cancellation of spring sports this week by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, the Class of 2020 will be remembered forever for what they weren’t able to do on the field.
Over the course of a dual-sport coaching career that will enter its 20th year in the fall, Missy Smith has had to help guide teams through adversity time and time again.
When the subject comes up in conversation, I often tell people that Hurricane’s softball team — in particular the 2017 version — was not only the most talented prep team I’ve ever covered, but likely the most talented prep team in any sport in the history of West Virginia high school athletics.
As Herbert Hoover softball pitcher Delani Buckner stood before well-wishers as she signed her letter of intent Wednesday to play for Appalachian State University, tears welled in her eyes. Those tears weren’t from sadness, but for joy in what’s to come and gratitude for everyone who had help…
HURRICANE — Hurricane’s Harlie Vannatter and Lindsey Phares each signed letters of intent to play softball at Bowling Green and Wisconsin-Green Bay, respectively, on Wednesday afternoon, fully cementing the collegiate journeys of one of the best teams in the history of West Virginia prep athletics.
With what St. Albans has coming back and what it has coming up, the Red Dragons may be the dark horse team to watch next year in prep softball.
SETH — After a back injury caused her to miss her entire junior season of softball, Sherman High’s Haylee Clendenin returned to the field of play to help lead the Tide to the Class A championship in 2019.
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