Devotion and dedication lead Dunham to the next level

GRAFTON—Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcats Soccer standout Kadie Dunham signed on the dotted line on Monday to further her soccer career at Alderson Broaddus University (AB).

Dunham was the Senior Captain of this year’s squad, along with garnering recognition from the WVHSSCA Big Ten AA First Team, as an all-state Midfielder and All Region first Team Midfielder. She was also invited to play West Virginia’s prestigious North/South WV Senior Soccer game to be held in Beckley on November 22.

Head Coach Lorriane Isner had nothing but praise for Kadie.

“I am so excited for her. We have had some alumni play at AB. It is a great school, and it will be a great opportunity for her to continue playing. We all must hang up our cleats someday, but this will allow her to have more time on the field. I am excited for her because I know how hard she has worked over the year. I know a lot of young ladies play a variety of sports, but soccer is certainly hers. She has owned it. She has been a pleasure to coach, and I am just incredibly happy for her,” Isner expressed.

She also provided Dunham with some words of encouragement for playing at the collegiate level saying, “The collegiate level is extremely competitive. Every day you have to bring it. Every day you have to do your best. And that is what I have tried to instill in my ladies at the high school level. I have tried to instill in them a dedication and a commitment to the sport because it is a lot of work. So, balancing that while being a student and playing competitively in such a challenging conference, will be tough, but I know Katie can do it. AB has a great program. She is going to love it there. It takes a tremendous amount of work, focus and work ethic to play at that level and she has got it. Kadie is very coachable. She has a great attitude and has been a wonderful leader on the team. She stays positive and was a great role model for the younger ladies on the team.”

Dumham plans to split her time between the soccer field and the nursing field as AB has one of the most advanced nursing programs in the state. The decision to choose AB was an easy decision for Kadie.

“I chose AB because of their nursing program. I have heard that it is really good,” she shared.

Dunham also wanted to offer other girls in her shoes some encouragement. When asked about any advice she had for future underclassmen Katie stated, “I would tell them to just keep giving it their all, practice and play in the offseason to keep their skills fresh.”

As Dunham looks to the future and her time with AB she had this to say, “I really want to continue to play strong and hopefully get All Conference. I want to help the Lady Battlers Soccer team have successful, winning seasons while I am there.”

The students and faculty at GHS and the Staff of the Mountain Statesman want to wish Kadie all the best as she continues her soccer career and moves forward in her life.


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