Irish duo sign letters of intent

Waldport athletic director Steve Cooper opens the assembly Thursday, Feb. 13, with the signings of Chas Walch and Kyra Pickner to Chemeketa Community College for softball. (Photos by Nugesse Ghebrendrias)

WALDPORT — Chas Walch and Kyra Pickner have shared many things over the years.

They played on the same basketball team, formed a powerful one-two punch on the softball diamond, played volleyball together and, on Thursday, Feb. 13, the pair wore the same outfits as they signed national letters of intent to play softball at Chemeketa Community College in Salem next year.

“It’s quite an honor and very well-deserved,” Waldport athletic director Steve Cooper said. “Both those girls are multi-sport athletes: volleyball, basketball and softball. They are tremendous student leaders and they are an inspiration to a lot of the younger kids.”

After four years of wins, losses and many challenges in between, both Walch and Pickner are a prime example of what hard work both in the classroom and out on the field or court can do.

The duo not only energized people with their play, but also showed the rest of their classmates what they can accomplish as well.

“It all starts at the very beginning and we are at the ground floor,” Cooper said. “The fact that students can see that this is possible, that it can happen to their classmates, hopefully they can adjust their goals as well.”

For Pickner and Walch though, time spent at Waldport has meant a lot.

But the excitement of playing on a college-level team reverberated from the seniors. 

“It’s really exciting because I don't have to say goodbye to (softball) and I’ve just been involved with it for years,” Pickner said. “So, yeah I’m just really excited to continue to do it.”

The same can be said for Walch. The multi-sport athlete is ready for a new challenge after overcoming many during her time at Waldport.

“I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs here, but this is the place that I have made the best memories and it’s going to be sad leaving, but I am super stoked to go to Chemeketa,” Walch said.

All is not lost for Waldport fans.The pair still have a few months left as Irish as they suit up for one final season on the Waldport softball team.

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