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Jessica Davis, seated left, Sarah Fisher and Jessy Sargent signed letters-of-intent recently to continue their academic and athletic careers at WVU Tech. At the signing ceremony, Davis was joined by her parents, Nola and Rod Davis, standing left. Fisher was accompanied by her parents, Jennifer and Notie Fisher, and Sargent was joined by her mother, Debby Sargent. Father Calvin couldn’t be present. Standing at far right is Amanda Fowler, Tech’s volleyball and softball coach.

MONTGOMERY — Three more student-athletes with local ties were welcomed into the WVU Tech fold recently.

In a joint ceremony in the Hall of Fame Room of the Neal D. Baisi Athletic Center, Valley graduate Jessy Sargent and Clay alum Jessica Davis inked letters-of-intent with the Golden Bear softball team, while Herbert Hoover graduate Sarah Fisher signed to play volleyball for the Tech women.

Sargent, who anchored the VHS outfield this past spring while batting .438 (28-for-64) with 30 RBIs, says she’s excited to be taking her game to the next level.

“I’ve been playing for eight years, and (playing college softball) is something I’ve wanted to do,” Sargent said. Being close to her Dixie home “is a big bonus,” added Sargent, who plans on majoring in governmental history.

Davis, who played at Gauley Bridge before transferring to Clay when GBHS was closed, says she, too, is thrilled to be able to keep playing competitively. “I’m excited to be playing for a college team,” she said. “I’ve thought about it since I was pretty young.”

And, playing with teammates such as Sargent, who teamed up with Davis on various Little League squads, will be a plus. “I’m excited to be playing with girls I’ve played with since I started playing ball,” said Davis, who will pursue a nursing degree.

Fisher, who was center for the Hoover volleyball team as well as playing basketball and competing in track and field, says, in making the move from the high school ranks to Tech, “I try to take a challenge.” “I’m really excited about it; it will be something new and different,” she added.

Fisher will study in the dental hygiene and medical assisting programs.

Amanda Fowler, coach of the school’s softball and volleyball squads, was happy to attract all three student-athletes to the Montgomery campus.

“Jessica Davis and Jessica Sargent will bring tremendous stability and strengths (to our softball program),” said Fowler. “They are both dedicated softball players who are willing to put whatever time and effort into getting better.

“Sargent should be one of my leaders in the outfield next season, while Davis will see her time on third. I am very excited about both of these two young ladies, and I am sure you will hear and read a lot about them.”

“I am depending a lot on Sarah for setting this year,” Fowler added. “As a freshman, she will have a lot responsibilities and leadership on the court.

“She is exactly what I am looking for as an athlete and a student.”

— E-mail: skeenan@fayettetribune.com

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