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Noblin remembered on what would have been her Senior Night

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Olivia Noblin’s parents, Stanley and Emily Noblin, are presented her framed softball jersey by Comet varsity softball interim coach Jennifer Rutledge during Senior Night Thurday. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 14, 2018
Halifax County High School varsity softball celebrated Senior night Thursday, and the program also remembered the late Olivia Noblin in a ceremony at the Comet field.

The Noblin family joined a significant turnout from the Comet softball community for a poignant remembrance of Olivia Noblin, an outstanding student-athlete who would have been a senior this season.

Woody Bane and former Comet softball coach Melanie Saunders joined with current interim coach Jennifer Rutledge and assistant Curley Marstin to pay tribute to Noblin.

The players and coaches presented remembrances of the outstanding fallen Comet.

Noblin was remembered in song - ‘Homesick’ was presented ‘ and Rutledge delivered a very touching tribute to ‘our sweet 0’.

“She played with passion and dedication to get better every single game. At this time, we would like to make a small dedication to our sweet O, the one that we played for. We know that she is here with us, on the ball field cheering with us, and not a single one of us will ever be the same because of her,” said Rutledge.

Carol Fears was very close to the late Comet student-athlete.

“She was my best friend. I’m glad we got the (Senior Night) win for her and contribute …. to the (Noblin) scholarship,” she said after the softball win over Magna Vista.

“It’s a big motivation, especially for me and for the rest of the team. They were friends with her too, and (know) how much it meant to me,” said Fears.

A large gathering of Noblin family members turned out for the ceremony, including Olivia’s parents, Stanley and Emily Noblin, her sister Sara and brother Leo.

The Comet softball community and friends and fans also turned out to offer their remembrances.

Fears was honored in front of her family and friends on Senior night. Fears certainly ap preciated the contributions of her teammates and coaches. Fears is headed to Virginia Tech. She plans to major in animal and poultry science in the pre-veterinary program.





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