BUCKHANNON Buckhannon-Upshur's Lauren Cvechko will be wearing Black and Orange next season. The multi-sport star has announced her verbal commitment to the West Virginia Wesleyan soccer and track teams, and will be signing with the Lady Bobcats.
"Ever since my freshman year in high school, I knew I wanted to play sports at the collegiate level. My decision to attend WVWC wasn't hard for me because I get the opportunity play the two sports I love, soccer and track," Cvechko said.
"Also by attending WVWC, I will be afforded the opportunity to get a great education and more importantly in the town I love. Growing up in Buckhannon has provided me wonderful opportunities through community and church and developing my athletic abilities at BUHS."
Cvechko is going through her senior year with what is arguably the greatest senior class of females in the history of the school. She has been a part of the B-U soccer program under legendary head coach Tom Hasbrouck that recorded a sterling 71-12 record over the past four seasons, losing only eight regular season games over that span. This year, the Lady Bucs outscored their opponents an amazing 138-15.
In track, under another coaching legend, Jackie Zuliani, Cvechko has been a part of two Class AAA state title teams and one runner-up unit. The senior group in soccer that included Cvechko, Brooklyn Waddell, Jess Feronti, Emily Godwin, Morgan Fair, Abby Lantz, Erin Beer, Haley Ware, Megan Williams, Kelsey Hinzman, Lindsey Beets, and Hannah Williams is an entire collection of multi-sport stars. Many of them were also on the title track teams, and also members of the successful softball and lacrosse teams in the spring, and the basketball team in the winter.
Cvechko has been a leader during a true Golden Age for B-U female athletics. This is a very special group.
In soccer, she has earned two First Team All-State plaques in soccer, and was a Second Team All-State performer as a sophomore. She earned four different coaches awards for B-U and came up from her defensive position to score 18 career goals, including nine this season. More importantly, she provided a rangy and athletic presence that anchored a very effective defense playing in the middle for Hasbrouck.
In track, she has scored in multiple events in each of the state meets, and has produced individual personal bests of 5'5" in the high jump, and 15.66 in the high hurdles. She was a member of the shuttle hurdle relay team that broke the state record with a time of 1:04.13.
At Wesleyan Cvechko joins a pair of programs with rich and proud histories. The track program under veteran head coach Jesse Skiles has won 18 of the last 22 WVIAC titles, while the soccer program under head coach Patrick Holguin has won five of the last six WVIAC titles, including a 12-6-3 squad this season that advanced all the way to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Cvechko joins an athletic unit with the soccer program, and in track, she expects Skiles to utilize her in not only the high jump and hurdles, but also in the heptathlon. It is a challenge she is excited to tackle.
"I have always held tight to Jeremiah 29:11- 'For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Cvechko said. "I am excited to see my plans unfold as a future Bobcat, and to be afforded the opportunity to set new records and reach my goals at West Virginia Wesleyan College."