Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch Hurricane's Kiersten Landers (15) slides into third base against Cabell Midland during a Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 high school softball game on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Huntington High.

Hurricane High School softball continues to send players to play college ball, with two signing at NCAA Division I programs on Thursday.

Infielder Jayme Bailey signed with Virginia Tech and outfielder Kiersten Landers signed with Florida State.

"Jayme is the type of kid that every time she swings the bat she is looking to do damage and I like that competitive edge in her," Virginia Tech coach Scot Thomas said. "She can play infield, outfield, wherever we ask and she's going to be solid no matter what. She brings a level of intensity that you really like and she's not going to be intimidated by anybody. We're really excited about her."

Both players were first-team all-staters in Class AAA for the third consecutive year last season and were parts of the Redskins' third consecutive state championship team. Bailey hit six home runs, had 50 runs batted in and batted .496. Landers batted .573 and stole 39 bases.

MORE SIGNINGS: Coal Grove High School softball standout Kasey Murphy signed with West Virginia State University. She was recruited as a pitcher and outfielder and picked the Yellow Jackets over Cedarville, Glenville State and Tiffin.

Murphy was selected to play in the Gatorade Junior All-American Games Nov. 24-26 in Venice, Florida, after hitting .573 with a school-record 14 home runs, 84 RBI, 31 doubles and four triples. As a pitcher, Murphy went 18-8 last season and struck out 302 in helping the Hornets to their first sectional title.

Cabell Midland golfer Jacob Dransfeld signed with Elon. Spring Valley softball pitcher Bailey Adkins signed with Alderson-Broaddus, as did Coal Grove softball standout Lauren Meyer.

Huntington High third baseman Camryn Michallas signed to play softball at Akron.

Poca High School golfer Mitch Hoffman signed to play at the University of Charleston. Hoffman finished second in Class AA in the state tournament and is a two-time all-stater. He will join former Dot David Scragg on the Golden Eagles roster.

Gallia Academy volleyball star Grace Martin signed to play at West Virginia State University. She led the Blue Angels to a 23-2 record and an Ohio Valley Conference championship.

Greenup County baseball standout Gage Hughes signed to play shortstop at the University of Cincinnati. Hughes also excels in basketball and has scored more than 2,000 points. He needs just 169 points to set a Musketeers career record.

Ashland High School girls basketball all-stater Mykasa Robinson signed with the University of Louisville.

Portsmouth sprinter Lynsey Shipley signed to run track at Northern Kentucky.

NEARBY SIGNINGS: They aren't in The Herald-Dispatch coverage area, but likely are familiar to many fans of local teams. ...

Wyoming East girls basketball star Gabby Lupardus signed with Youngstown State. Ellie Jo Johnson of South Webster signed to play basketball at Morehead State. Chapmanville pitcher Kenzie McCann signed to play softball at West Virginia State.

Johnson Central pitcher Braxton Kelly originally committed to play baseball at Marshall, but changed his mind and signed with Ohio University. Portsmouth Notre Dame volleyball player Lexi Smith committed to Wheeling Jesuit. Eastern-Brown's Allison Day signed to play basketball at Loyola of Chicago. Nelsonville-York's Colt Yinger signed to wrestle at Ohio University. East Carter softball pitcher Montana Fouts signed with Alabama. St. Albans swimmer Regan Raines signed with Marshall. Paintsville's Ben Daniels signed to play baseball at Mount St. Mary's.

AIT FIELD RELEASED: The bracket for the 63rd Ashland Invitational Tournament, the longest-running boys basketball event of its kind in the Tri-State, features a strong field.

The tournament will be played Dec. 27-29 at James T. Anderson Gym. The first round pits Boyd County against Mason County at 2:30 p.m., Dixie Heights vs. Holy Cross at 4 p.m., Ashland vs. Breathitt County at 7 p.m., and Owensboro Catholic vs. Vestavia Hills (Alabama) at 8:30 p.m.

ROUNDING UP: Huntington High football star Darnell Wright received a scholarship offer from USC last week. ... Spring Valley quarterback Will Adkins visited Eastern Kentucky on Saturday and Timberwolves running back Owen Chafin visited Marshall. ... Amanda Moore has resigned as Ashland High School's volleyball coach after five seasons there. ... West Carter football coach Kevin Brown resigned after 22 years as head coach of the Comets. ... Huntington High student Tyler Courts won a scholarship from the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission for designing the cover for the state soccer tournament program. ... Ohio Girls Basketball Report ranks Fairland No. 6 and Ironton No. 7 in Division III in pre-season rankings. ... Huntington High running back Jadon Hayes finished third in the state state in scoring, with 192 points. Dylan Smith of Chapmanville led with 206. .. Former Fairland football standout Nathan Campbell made 11 tackles Saturday in Davidson's loss to San Diego. ... Former Ironton basketball star Lexie Barrier scored a career-high 23 points Friday for James Madison in the Dukes' loss to Rutgers.

Tim Stephens is a reporter with The Herald-Dispatch. Call him at 304-526-2759. Follow him on Twitter @sportsturtle11.






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