School: Ripley High School
Primary Sport: Softball
Finishing her career as a state softball champion was, of course, the perfect ending for Michelle Sayre, whose life-long dream it was to one day star for the Lady Vikings.
"That was first and foremost," said Sayre of playing for the Lady blue. "I started when I was six playing t-ball and just grew from there. I started travel ball when I was 10 with a team in Parkersburg and everything just escalated from there. And then I hit high school and it was awesome."
And Sayre was awesome, setting the school record for career home runs with 29. She also established a new single-season mark with 12. It was just one phase of the storybook 2009 for the Lady Vikings.
"Anything is possible in any season," she said. "We always go into the season thinking we can do it, but this season was different because it was win after win and we only lost one game to Logan. We knew we had a really good opportunity this year to go and do it."
Sayre also did it in the classroom with a solid 3.92 grade point average.
"I just knew to get the athletic part I just had to be good," she said. "But I had to have the grades to do the rest. I mean it all helped to get into college."
She's off to Alderson-Broaddus to major in athletic training and play softball. Ripley High's Female Athlete of the Year will forever cherish her days in the blue and white.
"Ripley High was an amazing experience for me and to go through my four years there and play volleyball and softball, it was just amazing. And to go to the State Tournament in both, (I) couldn't have asked for a better time there."
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