This week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week are showcasing a bittersweet ending and an exciting beginning for two of Grafton High School’s standout competitors.
Senior Chris Miller is finishing up his final season as a Bearcat, pitching for the GHS baseball team.
Miller is a multisport athlete as a four year member of the golf team, as well as the baseball team.
He began his venture on the green for the Bearcats, and immediately became a sensation.
At the age of 17, Miller gained recognition for qualifying for the WV Amateur Tournament; something that takes many years to accomplish, he was able to achieve on his first try.
In addition, along with countless other achievements, he was named as runner-up of the Big-Ten Championship in 2020, and was also selected to second team All-State.
Not only does he impress on the green, but Miller also shines on the baseball field.
Taking the mound for the Bearcats, this season, Miller was the team’s lone senior player, and stepped into a leadership role flawlessly.
Miller is described by his baseball coach Bartsel Keener, as hard working, determined and the perfect example of sportsmanship.
He helps to encourage his fellow teammates and takes great pride in both his school and team.
In 2019, Miller stepped in as a relief pitcher, and assisted in securing a third-place finish at the sectional tournament.
Despite the difficult season that the Bearcat baseball team has had this year, Miller has continuously shown dedication to the program.
On senior night, he led his team to their first win of the season against Preston County, striking out 11 Knights.
Miller was a joy to watch grow as an athlete and we here at the Mountain Statesman are honored to showcase his accomplishments during his time as a Bearcat, one final time.
And while Miller’s journey as a Bearcat is coming to an end, freshman Jerra Halbritter’s venture is just getting started.
Halbritter is also a multisport athlete, guarding the goal for the Lady Bearcat soccer team, and earning points in field events for the GHS track team.
Halbritter entered her freshman year of track and field with an open mind, willing to learn and try new things, and has seemed to have found her calling in the Shot Put event.
Each week, she has pushed herself and her body, testing her abilities, and each meet she crushes her previous record.
Recently, she competed at the 2021 Big-Ten Conference Championship meet, and exceeded her own personal best in the Shot Put with a throw of 32-9.
Halbritter’s coach Becky Lake is expecting big things from her, and shared that she anticipates Halbritter demolishing school records by her senior year, but with her most recent performance in Charleston on Thursday night, those records could be broken a lot sooner.
With the school record sitting at 36, Halbritter went to the 2021 Tudor’s Biscuit World Charleston Relays and recorded at throw of 35-05, once again demolishing her personal best.
This throw earned her a second-place finish; a finish that Lake shared is quite the accomplishment for a freshman.
With Halbritter’s time as a Bearcat just getting started, we look forward to watching her grow and transform into a formidable opponent. The Mountain Statesman can’t wait to showcase the records she is sure to break.
Congratulations to Chris Miller for being named as an athlete of the week for the final time. We wish you the best of luck at the next level, and to Jerra Halbritter for starting your Bearcat career off with a bang!