This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week is a well-rounded versatile athlete, who at his time at Grafton High School (GHS), has become a vital part of the success his various sporting teams have had.
GHS senior Kaden Delaney has dedicated himself to Bearcat athletics for four years as a member of four different programs.
Delaney has been part of the Grafton soccer, football, basketball and swim teams and has excelled in each.
Now finishing out his final year as a Bearcat, Delaney’s marks on the programs he has been involved in will be talked about for years to come.
Starting out his last year, he took to McKinney Field helping Grafton’s football program to achieve one of the best seasons they’ve had in years.
Delaney, sporting #16 on the field, filled the offensive position of wide receiver.
He racked up nearly 750 receiving yards on the season, pulling in 50 catches and breaking the plain for six touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Delaney is equally as threatening.
As a top defensive back, he muscled his way to 37 tackles over the course of ten regular season games, and disrupted play for his opponents recording five interceptions.
Delaney received AA All-Conference honors as a wide receiver, as well as being selected for the AA West Virginia Sports Writers Association’s All-State team this year for work as a defensive back.
At the conclusion of the season, during an interview with our Sports Correspondent, he revealed that playing football would be held within his most memorable high school experiences.
“Football helped me become a leader on and off the field, and it gave me some extremely important relationships and memories,” he shared.
Recently, Delaney was invited to take part in a prestigious opportunity, being one of 36 individuals throughout the state to be selected for the North team for the WV North South Football Classic and the opportunity to represent his home team one final time. The game is slated for June 11, in Charleston.
With the conclusion of his football season, Delaney then shifted his focus to his winter dedications, dual sporting as a member of both the basketball team and swim team.
While the challenge of both sports occurring in the same season made it difficult for him to attend many swim practices or meets, Delaney helped to make the boys 200 free relay the first GHS boys relay to place at Regionals and qualify for the state meet.
Once again, switching arenas, Delaney shows just how versatile of an athlete he is by dominating on the basketball court.
Delaney has been a crucial part of the Bearcat’s success this season as the team currently sits 17-6.
His love for the game has pushed him to excel in both offense and defense with the ability to force turnovers and using his length to make defensive blocks.
Offensively, he has come in clutch this season.
On February 16, he led Grafton to a thrilling win with a last-minute basket to give the Bearcats a victory over top-ranked Fairmont Senior on the road.
Throughout the season, Delaney has put valuable points on the board for the Cats, with two 25-point performances against Robert C. Byrd and Bridgeport and has scored around 300 total points this year. As a selfless player, he has also recorded many assists.
And with an impressive display of character and commitment on the field, court and in the pool, Delaney carries that over into his academics.
Despite the demanding practice and game schedules, Delaney prides himself in being a good student. As part of the National Honor Society, he not only excels athletically but academically, as well.
Congratulations Kaden, and good luck at the WV North South Football Classic, we know you will represent Grafton well.