Lions’ Lavely will play soccer at Shawnee State

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.