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Lone senior on Park View softball team looks toward future

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Carson Wall / May 13, 2020

It’s a sad and oft-repeated story of spring — senior athletes being denied their final chance to take the high school playing fields due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carson Wall, a two-sport athlete at Park View, is no exception. Wall, a three year starter on the volleyball and softball teams, has selected Virginia Tech as her college of choice going forward with her academic career.

Wall, a setter/hitter for the volleyball team and shortstop for softball, plans to study Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, a sports medicine related field, in Blacksburg.

Asked about pursuing an athletic career in college, Wall responded, “I’m considering playing club softball just because we didn’t get to play this year.”

Wall has played volleyball since fifth grade and was a member of the 2018 Park View team that traveled to Front Royal to battle Warren County in the opening round of the VHSL Class 3 State Tournament. Unfortunately, the Lady Dragons’ 2018 campaign ended there as they couldn’t tame the Wildcats.

A softball player since she was four years old, Wall has garnered numerous accolades in that sport. She has achieved all-district team memberships and honorable mentions as well all-region team honors. Wall has also played on numerous travel teams throughout her career: Lake Country Crushers, Virginia Edge, Southside Fury and Richmond Ruckus are just a few.

Last year in softball, Wall was instrumental in the Lady Dragons’ success as the girls were able to advance to the final of the Class 3 Region A tournament final where they fell to New Kent. As runners-up in Region A, the Lady Dragons traveled once more to Front Royal to face the Warren County Lady Wildcats in the opening round of the state softball tournament. Once again the Lady Wildcats got the better of the Lady Dragons, winning 4-0.

As one of three seniors on the volleyball team, Wall helped her team dominate the Tri-Rivers District, winning the regular season and tournament championships. In the Region A tournament, Park View advanced to the final game and lost to Tabb, but earned the right to travel to Goochland for the first round of the 2019 VHSL State Volleyball Tournament. Unfortunately the season ended there as the Lady Dragons couldn’t seem to get going and fell 3-0.

Wall, who would have been a softball team captain this season, is realistic about the current situation. “We’re all sad, but all we can do at this point is try not to cry and look ahead.”

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