Neville inks with Marietta College
PHILIPPI — Kasey Neville, a Philip Barbour High School senior, opted to ink with Marietta College in Ohio recently with intentions of playing track and field for the Lady Pioneers along with a degree study in elementary education.
Neville has collected at least eight varsity stripes as a Lady Colt — four in track and field, and four more on the basketball court. She has broken her own school records in the shotput and discus throw several times, currently standing at 41 feet, 6.5 inches in the shotput; and 116 feet in the discus event.
Neville’s strength also was evident on the hardwood when she pulled down defensive rebounds, and quickly found the outlet passes — several of them eventually turning into points assisted at the other end of the floor for PB.
“Competing brings enjoyment to me,” Neville said. “I never thought I would actually be as good as I am at it, but believe me, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.”
Neville comes from a significant list of athletic family members who have taken the field for Philip Barbour in recent years.
“It’s meant a lot to represent Barbour County and to be a Lady Colt,” she said. “I couldn’t ask for any better supporters than what I have from my parents (Tony and Tracey Neville), Tina Shriver, Sarah Harris, Carol Harris, and Stephen and Kaitlynne Neville. Most of all, Chris Neville, my brother, who’s been there for me since day one — I couldn’t thank him enough,” Neville said.
Neville will wrap things up by unrolling her PBHS diploma soon, and cross the Ohio River on her way to nearby Marietta, Ohio, with a final cumulative GPA of 3.99 in hand.
“I chose Marietta because it’s not too far from home,” she added. “It’s a smaller school, the education program is great there and the track coach is known as one of the best.”