B-U’s Alyssa Abel earns All-State softball honors

TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur’s Alyssa Abel was named to the 2023 West Virginia Sports Writers Association All-State Softball Team.

Abel, a sophomore, was selected to the Second Team as a catcher.

She led the Lady Bucs in offense with a .463 batting average getting 31 hits in 67 at bats with 13 extra base hits (eight doubles, two triples, three home runs). She scored a team-best 27 runs and was second on the team in runs-batted-in with 18.

“She worked really hard with her swing and it showed the last part of the season,” noted her head coach, Levi Bender. “She is a gifted athlete and I can’t wait to see that same dedication geared toward the little things of this sport guide her into becoming an even better player and person.”

Abel was recently selected as a Second Team outfielder by the Big 10 Conference.

Lincoln County junior catcher Josie Bird was named captain of the First Team while Spring Valley senior utility player Brooklyn Osburn was named captain of the Second Team.

Class AAA All-State Softball As Selected By the WVSWA


P – Madison Pitts, Spring Valley (Jr.)

P – Audrea Watts, Cabell Midlnd (Fr.)

P – Kadence Pettit, John Marshall (Sr.)

P – Rebecca Munslow, Jefferson (Soph.)

IF – Ava Blake, John Marshall (Jr.)

IF – Lauren Huebsch, University (Sr.)

IF – Cassidy Cummings, Ripley (Sr.)

IF – Sydney Turner, Spring Valley (Soph.)

IF – Sydney Young, St. Albans (Jr.)

OF – Maddie Campbell, University (Fr.)

OF – Becca Beatty, Parkersbrug South (Jr.)

C – Josie Bird, Lincoln County (Jr.) (CAPTAIN)

C – Sophia Frye, South Charleston (Soph.)

U – Aubrey Smallwood, Beckley (Soph.)

U – Tayevn Stephenson, St. Albans (Sr.)

U – Ryleigh Shull, Lincoln County (Jr.)

U – Alexis Adkins, George Washington (Sr.)

U – Micah Wilson, Morgantown (Jr.)


P – Maddy Ruffner, Wshignton (Sr.)

P – Josi Ervin, Greenbrier East (Sr.)

P – Hope Sizemore, South Charleston (Sr.)

IF – Haleigh Adkins, Lincoln County (Sr.)

IF – Punkie Harper, St. Albans (Soph.)

IF – Faith Randolph, Wheeling Park (Jr.)

IF – Shelby Harris, Jefferson (Sr.)

IF – Karalyne Wade, George Washington (Jr.)

IF – Taylor Boswell, Greenbrier East (Jr.)

OF – Madison Marks, Parkersburg (Sr.)

OF – Maci Lunsford, Lincoln County (Sr.)

OF – KK Wallis, Cabell Midland (Sr.)

C – Alyssa Abel, Buckhannon Upshur (Soph.)

U – Brooklyn Osburn, Spring Valley (Sr.) (CAPTAIN)

U – Landry Bone, Brooke (Sr.)

U – Kaitlyn Swisher, Ripley (Jr.)

U – Kate Spry, Spring Valley (Soph.)

U – Lindsey Black, Greenbrier East (Sr.)

Honorable Mention

Caraline Dunn, South Charleston; Liz Alsop, Morgantown; Jayla Bias-Smith, Huntington; Alexi Dellinger, Parkrsburg South; Rachel Mason, Bridgeport; Addison Veigel, Bridgeport; Kileigh Pugh, Bridgeport; Halee Jones, Oak Hill; Krista Durkin, Parkersburg; Makiyah Strothers, Wheeling Park; Alexa Foresha, Brooke; Emily Peterson, Morgantown; Mayci White, Riverside; Sophia Lehosit, University; Passion Holley, George Washington; Lily Carola, Greenbrier East; Abigail Harki, Morgantown; Olivia Masoner, University; Sidney Varney, Ripley; Tylie Barton, George Washington; Gracie Brown, Hedgesville; Alexandria Anderson, Hurricane; Emma Johnson, Princeton; Brenna Collis, Hedgesville; Faith Cooper, Hedgesville; Dalaynie Myers, Preston

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