TENNERTON - Buckhannon-Upshur's multi-sport star Lauren Cvechko made it official Wednesday afternoon, signing with West Virginia Wesleyan.
The newest Bobcat will continuing her athletic career in each of the sports she has been a multiple all-state performer - soccer and track.
"I'm very excited about my decision, and glad to have it done," Cvechko said. "It is close and it is a great opportunity for me both athletically and academically."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Angie Pritt
Buckhannon-Upshur’s Lauren Cvechko signs her letter-of-intent to play soccer and run track at West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday. Shown with Cvechko are front row, from left, grandmother Shirley Warner, mother June Cvechko and father Mark Cvechko; back row, B-UHS soccer coach Tom Hasbrouck, B-UHS?track coach Jackie Zuliani, B-UHS Principal Bob Wilmoth and B-UHS athletic director Randall Roy.
Cvechko will be joining a pair of programs steep in tradition and also boasting some young talent. Coach Patrick Holguin's women's soccer team is the defending WVIAC tournament champions and has won the title four of the last five years. Coach Jesse Skiles' women's track team has posted league titles 18 of the last 22 seasons.
"Both programs are strong and have great reputations. I am very excited to be a part of that tradition," Cvechko said.
In soccer, Cvechko enjoyed a stellar career as a standout defender for legendary head coach Tom Hasbrouck. She was a four-year starter, earning First team all-state honors as a junior and senior, while earning a second-team spot when she was a sophomore. B-U rolled to a 72-12 record during her four years as she was a major cog in a very special group of athletes. This included a 22-2 mark this season as the Lady Bucs made the Class AAA Final Four.
In track, Cvechko has helped a talented group of Bucs capture two Class AAA state titles in 2010 and 2011 under veteran head coach Jackie Zuliani. They followed that up with a runner-up finish in 2012. Cvechko has been a talented multi-event performer with a personal best of 5'5" in the high jump and 15.66 in the 100-hurdles. She was part of the state record shuttle hurdle team in 2010 that also included Susie and Emily Godwin as well as Ashley Hall. She will rejoin Hall as a teammate with the Bobcats, as Skiles plans to use her as an heptathlete.
"I'm excited to start training for the heptathlon," Cvechko said.
For now, Cvechko is a part of a talented senior class that is hoping to make a run at one last state title this Spring.