2021 Spring Sports Preview: Wilmington High School softball


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The Wilmington High School softball team, from left to right, front row, Lauren Rebman, Rylee Oglesy, Harlie Bickett, Toria Willis, Nevaeh Blackburn; back row, Maliyah Burris, Madison Hisco, Kaitlyn Partin, Jena Rhoads, Emily Self, Grace Brown, Kelly Carpenter, Keiana Murdock

The Wilmington High School softball team, from left to right, front row, Lauren Rebman, Rylee Oglesy, Harlie Bickett, Toria Willis, Nevaeh Blackburn; back row, Maliyah Burris, Madison Hisco, Kaitlyn Partin, Jena Rhoads, Emily Self, Grace Brown, Kelly Carpenter, Keiana Murdock


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Wilmington High School softball coach Brian Spurlock has two Division I college players on his softball team this season.

Harlie Bickett has committed to play at Lafayette College while Jena Rhoads is going to Northern Kentucky University.

But missing the entire 2020 season because of Covid-19 has left the Hurricane head coach wanting.

“Missing an entire year is a setback for a lot of the kids,” he said. “We need to improve in all areas.

“Having last season cancelled was very difficult for our softball team. Five seniors had a very abrupt end to their high school softball season as well as their high school career.”

Spurlock will be assisted at the varsity level by Lacy Myers and Josh Bickett and at the JV level by Sean Early.

Gone from last season’s 21-7 team are Olivia Veidt (1st team SBAAC), Sophie Blessing (2nd team SBAAC) and Kendra McKenna.

Wilmington was 14-8 in 2019, including a 7-3 mark in the SBAAC American Division.

There are seven returning letterwinners, including starters Bickett (1st team), Rhoads (1st team), Emily Self (1st team) and Grace Brown.

Top newcomers include Kaitlyn Partin, Toria Willis, Kelly Carpenter, Madison Hisco, Nevaeh Blackburn and Keiana Murdock.

“We have a nice mix of upper and lower classwomen,” said Spurlock.

The Wilmington High School softball team, from left to right, front row, Lauren Rebman, Rylee Oglesy, Harlie Bickett, Toria Willis, Nevaeh Blackburn; back row, Maliyah Burris, Madison Hisco, Kaitlyn Partin, Jena Rhoads, Emily Self, Grace Brown, Kelly Carpenter, Keiana Murdock
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/03/web1_SFT_wilmington.jpgThe Wilmington High School softball team, from left to right, front row, Lauren Rebman, Rylee Oglesy, Harlie Bickett, Toria Willis, Nevaeh Blackburn; back row, Maliyah Burris, Madison Hisco, Kaitlyn Partin, Jena Rhoads, Emily Self, Grace Brown, Kelly Carpenter, Keiana Murdock

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March 23^A^Kings^5

March 24^A^Washington CH^5

March 27^AH^Fairfield^11

March 29^H^Clinton-Massie^430

March 31^A^Hillsboro^5

April 5^A^Western Brown^430

April 6^H^Blanchester^430

April 7^H^New Richmond^430

April 8^H^Georgetown^430

April 9^A^LM, Milford-DH^6

(Games at Lebanon Armco Park)

April 13^A^Edgewood^5

April 14^H^Goshen^430

April 16^A^East Clinton^430

April 17^H^Mt Notre Dame^10

April 19^A^Batavia^430

April 20^A^Miami Trace^5

April 21^H^Xenia^5

April 23^A^Clinton-Massie^430

April 24^A^Williamsburg-DH^11

April 28^H^Western Brown^430

April 29^A^New Richmond^430

May 3^A^Goshen^430

May 5^H^Batavia^430