WAYNESBORO – Allie Coburn loves to play basketball.
So much so that she will be joining fellow teammate Brie Moore on Jean Willi’s Bridgewater College Eagles basketball team next year as she advances to the next level of play.
But there’s still a lot to be done for the Waynesboro senior as she completes her high school career with the upcoming softball season.
Coburn is adept in her three sports of basketball, volleyball and softball, while also an accomplished student in the classroom.
For her successes, Waynesboro has selected her as its winter nominee for the City/County Student-Athlete of the Year Award, sponsored by Elliott Chevrolet and The News Leader.
“I’ve played basketball ever since I was five years old at the YMCA,” Coburn said. “I joined AAU travel teams around the ninth grade and was on the jayvee team for two years before moving to the varsity as a sophomore.
“I’ve always been a post player all my life,” she said. “I’ve been taller than everybody else since I was little.”
Coburn, who was recently selected first-team All-Valley District, has enjoyed life near the basket as a post player.
“I like to be the center of everything,” she said. “I like the physicality of it; the stickbacks I get, the rebound and the bucket. I like everything you do in basketball — shooting, rebounding, dribbling.”
Besides the three letters she earned in basketball, two also came in volleyball and by the end of spring, she will have four in softball.
Not surprisingly, she enjoys the team sports.
“I like making friends,” she said. “And the bond we have as a team.”
In volleyball, Coburn began playing as a middle school student. She joined the varsity as a junior as a middle hitter, moving to full rotation as a senior.
“Volleyball helped me jump a lot, and that helped me with basketball,” she said. “And I liked the hits.”
Recognized for her ability, she was twice selected all-district.
Coburn started playing softball as a sixth grader, moving to the Waynesboro varsity as a freshman where she always has played second base.
“I like fielding the ball,” she said. “That’s my favorite. I love the double plays.”
Academically, Coburn carries a grade point average of 3.8, and is in the top third of her senior class.
Her favorite subject is math. “There’s always an answer to it,” she said. Most challenging is English, and particularly grammar.
Extracurricular activities include the Pep Club where she likes to go to games the Little Giants play.
Outside school, she enjoys the gyms and working out with her friends.
Coburn is looking forward to life at the collegiate level, and particularly basketball at Bridgewater.
“It will be basketball for four years,” she said. “I’m 6-foot-1, and I’m pretty sure I will be the tallest girl on the team. I’m really looking forward to college.
“And they have what I want academically. I want to major in biology and transfer to a bigger school for a nursing degree, a neonatal nurse.”
That’s one who works with just born infants.
“I’ve always liked little babies. They always seem so helpless,” she said.
Waynesboro athletic director Derek McDaniel has a lot of respect for Coburn.
“She’s a very coachable young lady,” he said. “You never hear a peep out of her. After losing Bri (with an ACL), she did a nice job stepping up, filling that void.
“One thing that helps her is you can’t coach speed and size. She will only get better. She’s just scratching the surface on what she can do,” McDaniel said.
Each public high school from Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro selects fall, winter and spring nominees, then selects one finalist. One finalist will also be chosen from nominees made by area private schools.
This concludes the winter nominee profiles.