Boen signs to play two sports at Wesleyan
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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WALKER VALLEY TWO-SPORT senior athlete Baylee Boen will be playing both volleyball and softball for Tennessee Wesleyan College next year. Seated, from left are Gary Boen, Baylee Boen and Lisa Boen. Standing, from left are Toby Brooks, Judy Pruett, Clint Spencer, April Richards, Danny Coggin, Lauren Limburg and Mike Turner.
Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
WALKER VALLEY TWO-SPORT senior athlete Baylee Boen will be playing both volleyball and softball for Tennessee Wesleyan College next year. Seated, from left are Gary Boen, Baylee Boen and Lisa Boen. Standing, from left are Toby Brooks, Judy Pruett, Clint Spencer, April Richards, Danny Coggin, Lauren Limburg and Mike Turner. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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On Tuesday Walker Valley senior Baylee Boen, a two-sport athlete, signed with Tennessee Wesleyan College to play both volleyball and softball.

“I wanted to play both sports first of all, and Tennessee Wesleyan was interested in that. When I toured the school I loved the campus and the education that is offered,” Boen explained. “They are losing their entire outfield and I’m an outfielder, so that’s a good fit. I’m also a very good team player. I will be playing back row and right side in volleyball, which will be new, but I’m looking forward to the adjustment.”

After watching Boen, Tennessee Wesleyan volleyball and softball coach Toby Brooks knew that she could be an asset to the school.

“We got to see her play a couple times and were interested in having her play both sports,” Brooks commented. “She is just such a hardworking player who goes hard all the time, and has a lot of natural ability in both sports. We knew she could be an asset for us in both programs.”

According to the Lady Bulldog coach, Boen is poised to come in during her freshman year and contribute in both sports.

“Baylee has a good chance to come in and contribute as a freshman in both sports. She’s a real solid outfielder and has good speed so she can come in and help out in softball. Then on the volleyball side, she can play a lot of different positions, which is a plus,” Brooks explained.

Lady Mustangs volleyball coach Judy Pruett feels that the Athens-based college will be a good experience for Boen.

“I think it will be a good fit for her. She really enjoys both sports, so to me it’s really good that she gets to go on to college playing both of her favorite sports. She will go in and work really hard to earn a position to play, possibly in her freshman year,” Pruett stated.

Boen, who was an outside hitter and a captain on the team for Walker Valley, was unable to fully capitalize on her senior year due to an injury.

“This year as a senior she didn’t get to play the complete season because of an ankle injury and we missed having her all season long,” Pruett said.

Boen is an outfielder for the Lady Mustang softball team, which went undefeated last year in regular season district play and was the regular season District 5-AAA champions.

“I know that she really deserves this and it’s such a great accomplishment to not only play one sport in college, but to play two. She’s meant so much to me and to our program at Walker Valley. We’re excited for her and her future at Tennessee Wesleyan,” head coach Lauren Limburg commented.

According to Limburg, Boen will bring a strong work ethic and natural ability to the Lady Bulldog softball team.

“Baylee is such a hard worker, I can definitely see her going in and starting and making an impact in her freshman year. She takes lessons and does strength and agility training, so she works hard all year round.

“I’m just so happy for her and so proud of her,” Limburg explained. “I think her greatest strength is her unwillingness to give up. She’s very competitive and motivated. Not only is she a great worker on the field, but she has great work ethic off the field as well.”