By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Soccer is a big part of the Shaw family. Mike and Betsey Shaw’s oldest child, Andrew, played the sport at Bluefield High. Betsey coached the sport in youth leagues and at BHS. Friday afternoon in the BHS Media Center the Shaw’s daughter, Allison, signed a national letter of intent to attend Potomac State College of West Virginia University and play the sport she so loves.
A four-year starter for the Beavers, Shaw told why she chose the junior college in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.
“I was at the college and I really like the size of the campus,” Shaw said. “The soccer team had a really good record last year and was hoping I could contribute to the team a little bit.”
Coming from a soccer-playing family, Shaw talked about the influence of her parents and siblings on her playing career.
“He (Andrew) had a lot of influence on me because we had to practice together and play together,” Shaw said. “My mom was my very first soccer coach and she was my senior soccer coach. My parents have always supported me in playing soccer, staying in shape and all that good stuff.”
Younger sibling Ashton is an athlete, but not on the soccer pitch, but as a football player at Bluefield High School.
Shaw looked back at the coaches she had during her career at BHS with fondness.
“My first year I had Coach (Gerry) Enigk. He and Cork (Hudak) helped us out a lot, getting us ready to play high school soccer,” Shaw commented. “Then I had Tony Malamacci and then mom and Kristen (Perry). That was like a big family thing. To play with them was fun.”
Betsey Shaw expressed her pride and support for her daughter as she committed to further her education and athletic career.
“We’re very proud of her. She has worked very hard to et to this point,” Betsey Shaw said. “She did a travel team. She found the team and made all the arrangements.
“This has been her goal from the ninth grade, to play college sports, and we’re very proud of where she is. It was a lot of fun last year when I was the assistant coach and we had a good time doing it together. It’s great to see her growing up and moving on and making the next step in her life.”
Her father, Mike, was equally as proud.
“She has worked very hard at soccer,” Mike Shaw said. “She’s very excited about Potomac State. It seems like after her mother and myself talked about it, it was a good fit for her. This is what she has wanted to do, go to college and play soccer.”
Perry, who attended Potomac State, commented: “I am really excited for her. I am excited with regard to where she is going, but I am especially excited about Potomac State. I am really happy for her because I love Potomac State and Keyser.”
Shaw plans to major in general studies with plans of becomig a physical therapist. Potomac State is a two-year junior college and she has not made a decision as to where she will finish her education.