Two seasons after establishing a new program, West is shining bright as Madison Scarberry becomes the first Senator athlete to sign with a collegiate team to play girls soccer.
Scarberry signed with West Virginia Institute of Technology where she will spend the next four years playing for the Golden Bears.
The West senior relishes the opportunity to continue playing a sport she loves.
“I am in love with soccer and they offered me a chance to play in a lot longer,” Scarberry said.
West began offering soccer to the ladies in 2013 and Scarberry was one of the first to join the new program. She was also one of the only upperclassman to participate in the inaugural season.
With this opportunity, West also reaps the benefits as the school rewrites its lustrous history books.
“This marks a first for Portsmouth West High School,” Nichols said. “She is the first young lady to receive an academic/athletic scholarship for girls soccer at West.”
The scholarship Scarberry received is a mixture of hard work on the field and in the classroom. Aside from her regular activities, she volunteers at Shawnee Nature Center and is an SOMC Hospice volunteer.
“We are all very proud of the contribution that she made to Portsmouth West soccer,” Nichols said. “And she’s been a really good student to have, she’s been very cordial.”
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext298, or on Twitter @crslone.