This week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week are two powerful lady competitors from Grafton High School.
Junior Fredrique Maloley toes the rubber for the Lady Bearcat softball program, and she does so with heart and dedication, which shows when she steps out onto the diamond.
While the team fell during sectional play, the Lady Cats were still led to a winning season, with Maloley taking many victories at the mound, pitching for 115 innings of play.
As a formidable opponent, Maloley racked up 166 strikeouts this season alone and kept runners off base with an earned run average of 2.86 and went 9 for 9 on the season.
Not only has she made a major impact from the pitcher’s mound, but she was also able to assist her team playing at the shortstop position and making some big plays at the plate.
Maloley ended the season with a batting average of 396, according to her head coach Tyler Cox.
With an unconventional season and a busy schedule that consisted of competing in several contests a week and a few late night double-headers, Maloley’s drive to improve as an athlete and her passion for the sport of softball kept her going strong, and in turn, she was able to record some impressive numbers.
Maloley knocked in nearly 40 hits this season; connecting for 13 doubles, three triples and slammed three homeruns.
She also went for 30 runs. And when she wasn’t making it home herself, she was sure to assist her teammates in doing so, putting 36 RBIs in the books.
Cox noted that she has been a joy to work with and is a true team player and leader.
Joining Maloley as a Taylor County Athlete of the Week, is Grafton High School’s very own Senora Blanca Skaggs.
Skaggs teaches Spanish at Grafton High School, but when she’s not in the classroom she laces up her sneakers and enjoys running, and recently she ran in honor of an important cause.
Skaggs participated in the 11th Annual Fallen Stars 5K Run in honor of Derek Hotsinpiller, on June 12.
The race started at 8:30 a.m. in Bridgeport City Park following a pre-race ceremony, and participants honored the late deputy U.S. marshal, Derek Hotsinpiller, who served North Central West Virginia, and was sadly killed while serving a warrant in Elkins, WV on February 16, 2011.
The annual race was created as a way to commemorate Hotsinpiller’s life, as running 5Ks was a typical weekend activity for him and his family, and is held in June in honor of his birthday.
All race proceeds from the event benefit the Derek and James Hotsinpiller Scholarship Foundation, with an annual goal of raising $15,000.
So, not only did Skaggs do it for herself, she participated and completed a 5K selflessly for a good cause, raising awareness and proving that with enough discipline and hard work, anyone can be an athlete at any point in their lives.
Congratulations to Fredrique Maloley and Sra. Blanca Skaggs for being named as this week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week, and for being perfect examples of not letting anything get in the way of these accomplishments!