Bryce Don­na­hoo tak­ing blue-col­lar ef­fort to Blue­field

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

Tucked away about 90 min­utes north­east of Bris­tol, Tenn., right near the Vir­gini­aWest Vir­ginia bor­der sits the small, sleepy town of Blue­field, Va., pop­u­la­tion 5,444 at last check.

And that’s per­fectly fine with LFO’s Bryce Don­na­hoo.

Don­na­hoo will soon be mak­ing it 5,445 as he re­cently signed a let­ter of in­tent to play col­lege base­ball for the Blue­field Col­lege Rams, mem­bers of the NCCAA and the NAIA’s Ap­palachian Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

“This is a re­ally big day for my base­ball ca­reer,” he said. “I’ve dreamed about this day since I was a lit­tle boy play­ing T-ball. It’s just al­ways been a dream for me.”

Don­na­hoo helped a se­nior-heavy War­rior squad go 17-10 this spring by hit­ting .345 with three doubles, 18 RBIs and over 30 stolen bases. The cen­ter­fielder scored 29 runs and had an on-base per­cent­age of .458.

“Bryce is a big, phys­i­cal kid that has re­ally grown in the weight room,” LFO head coach Johnny Burch said of the 6-foot2, 200-pounder. “He’s turned him­self into a re­ally solid out­fielder. He runs pretty good times and has a pretty de­cent arm. I don’t think he’s go­ing to get out­worked up there. I think they will be pleased with him, cer­tainly from that as­pect. He had a good year of­fen­sively for us and he’s a solid kid in the class­room.”

Don­na­hoo said Blue­field felt like home the minute he ar­rived for a visit.

“The mo­ment I stepped foot in the locker room there at Blue­field, I just fell in love with it,” he ex­plained. “I just like the small cam­pus that it has. I feel like I can fit in there. It’s mainly ath­letes that go to the school, so you can get to know the coaches more like friends. They are there for you no mat­ter what and I just love it.

“They have two se­nior out­field­ers leav­ing this year and hope­fully I can step in and fill an out­field role and help out at the plate.”

Burch said Don­na­hoo’s tire­less work ethic, es­pe­cially in the weight room, made him a leader for the team.

“He’s a su­per hard worker that comes from a great fam­ily,” the coach con­tin­ued. “He re­ally set the tone for us back in the fall in the weight room and in our off­sea­son base­ball drills. He works hard wher­ever he is and he’s a high-char­ac­ter kid, in ad­di­tion to be­ing a

re­ally strong stu­dent.”

Don­na­hoo said he was go­ing to col­lege to fo­cus on sports and his stud­ies.

“They’re get­ting a good kid,” he added. “I’m not go­ing to do any­thing stupid. It’s just go­ing to be base­ball and school.”

He said that he is con­sid­er­ing study­ing both ex­er­cise sci­ence and sports man­age­ment.

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