Weaver signs with Lady Saints

Published 12:02 am Saturday, August 2, 2014

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Helena Weaver is shown here with her former coach, Bradley Stephens; mom, Christy; Pleasant Home principal Craig Nichols; dad, Glenn; and LBWCC softball coach Candace Tucker. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Pleasant Home’s Helena Weaver didn’t hesitate to put on her new softball uniform at her signing ceremony on Friday.

Weaver signed a softball scholarship to play at LBWCC in her former high school’s library in front of her proud parents, Glenn and Christy Weaver; her former coach, Bradley Stephens; and PHS principal Craig Nichols.

How she got the nod to play softball for the Lady Saints came after she went through a tryout.

“I got a call about the tryouts and (LBWCC’s and PHS graduate) Caitlin Jernigan went with me,” Weaver said. “When I got there, I was pretty nervous — everybody would be. Defense went really well and my batting was what scared me the most.”

During her senior season, Weaver said her batting dropped a little bit late, but instead used her clutch hitting to get through the nerve-wracking tryout session.

“I got up and hit a lot of base hits and I hit one out,” she said. “I guess that helped it a lot.”

It’s when she’s under the most pressure that she does the best in the hitter’s box, Weaver said.

“It’s just going to be weird not playing with Brianna this year,” she added.

One big positive about signing her name on the dotted line is that she will be able to play with former PHS teammates Ashley Copeland, Abigail (Kelley) Powell and Jernigan.

After her time at LBWCC, Weaver said she is planning on going into the medical field to become an oncologist.

When asked why she chose oncology, Weaver said it was because of PHS student Kennedy Cleghorn.

Cleghorn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in July of 2013, and was again diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in January.

Weaver said they started talking prior to Cleghorn’s cancer diagnoses and then became close afterward.

“She started pushing me and said ‘wouldn’t you want to save someone’s life like mine?’ It really got to me,” Weaver said.

Weaver and her parents live in Andalusia.