July 24, 2016

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College signing: Niki Weaver heads to Charleston

WADSWORTH — Jeff and Rene’e Weaver are going to be very interested observers when the University of Charleston softball team meets Glenville State.

That’s because beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the Weavers will have two daughters playing Division II softball in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Niki Weaver

Sam, a 2011 Wadsworth graduate, is currently a sophomore at Glenville State, while Niki, already a two-time All-Gazette pick as she enters her senior season with the Grizzlies, has accepted a scholarship offer from Charleston.

“I really liked the coach (Ray Loeser) and the school is only an hour and a half away from my sister,” Niki Weaver said Wednesday. “We’ve played against each other before and it’s a lot of fun, but it’s going to stress our parents out.”

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Weaver, a third baseman, hit .354 as a junior, when she collected 34 hits and scored 26 runs as Wadsworth finished 18-11 overall and 8-6 in the Suburban League.

Weaver’s 10 doubles, two home runs, nine walks and .583 slugging percentage led the Grizzlies last season. She also had three triples, meaning 15 of her 34 hits went for extra bases.

The owner of a 3.7 grade-point average, the 18-year-old Weaver received a scholarship that, when academics and athletics are combined, will cover about 75 percent of her approximate $20,000 yearly cost.

Under Loeser, Charleston finished 34-18 overall and 22-5 in the WVIAC, but was eliminated early in the double-elimination league tournament. Glenville State finished 13-32, 8-17.

“It feels really good knowing all my hard work is being noticed,” said Niki Weaver, who plans on majoring in psychology with a minor in broadcast communications. “It’s nice to relax and not have to worry about finding a place to go to school.”

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.

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