Kayla Lavely, New Richmond High School soccer standout, has signed a letter-of-intent to further her education and play soccer at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio.
The Lion senior competed all four years (three letters) in soccer and basketball (four letters) and also played fast pitch softball (two letters), and track and field (one letter) and was a team captain in soccer and basketball. She was a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star in soccer and basketball. Her fine performances earned her her senior class’ Female Athlete of the Year honor. In soccer she was chosen by her teammates as the best defender and in basketball she received an award for Most Heart and Hustle.
“Kayla is just fantastic,” said Denny Hopewell, head coach of the New Richmond varsity soccer squad, of his fullback and sometimes striker. “She doesn’t know what quit means. She always gives 110-percent. She played every minute of every game…and she’s one of the sweetest girls you’ll meet.”
At Shawnee State she plans to major in athletic training.
Two senior year athletic contests stand out in her mind as highlights of her prep sports career.
"I made a three-point goal against CNE that tied the game (an put it in overtime). I made 22 points that night...I made the basket that put us in overtime against Western Brown, too."
"We liked the school. It's close to home and everything we saw there fit right," said Lori Lavely, Kayla's mom. "We are very proud of her. She has always been a 100-percent supporter of her teammates and she is always very respectful of her coaches."
"It's a nice college," said Jeff Lavely, Kayla's dad.
"My parents are my best fans. They came to everything I did," said a grateful daughter. "All of my coaches were awesome... Jamie and Justin (sister and brother) and Jeff (Case, friend) came to all of my games, too."