Weatherford Democrat


February 14, 2014

Bradford makes ‘pitch’ for LCU soccer


PEASTER — Student-athlete Bayley Bradford has made significant contributions while playing basketball and tennis during her tenure at Peaster High School. But the senior recently distinguished herself in the annals of Peaster athletics, becoming the school’s first scholar to play soccer at the next level.

Bradford inked her commitment recently to attend and play soccer at Lubbock Christian University.

University Interscholastic League (UIL) soccer is currently only sanctioned for Class 4A and Class 5A high schools, but Bradford’s foray onto the pitch (soccer field) preceded her high school years ... considerably.

“I played in a lot of other sports when I was very young, but even then I really knew soccer was going to be ‘my thing,’” Bayley said. “Other people told me it was my game and I really felt that, too.”

Bayley first put her feet to a soccer ball when she was 4-years old and made the transition to select soccer when she turned 10. Most of her participation has been with the Fort Worth Football Club, where she has honed her soccer skills for the past four years.

“It’s really kind of different not playing for your school in a particular sport, but I’ve never known anything else,” she said. “It just became part of the routine, to finish tennis or basketball practice here at Peaster, then to go to soccer workout.

“So it will be different going to college and playing for my school, but I look forward to that.”

Although Bradford was being pursued by other next-level schools, the visit to LCU back in September captured her attention. After visiting the campus and meeting the coaches and some of the other girls, she summarized the experience quite succinctly.

“Awesome,” Bayley said. “I just felt like I fit right in.”

Bradford, who expects to play at the forward and outside mid-fielder positions for LCU, intends to pursue an education major and already has long-term plans to carry her soccer career forward — as a coach.

Text Only
  • 0416 BBs WHS Terry Massey 400 wins Massey records 400th win

    Weatherford High School Head Baseball Coach Terry Massey was recognized by WISD Board Members on Thursday for recently receiving his 400th career win. 

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • WC to send four, or more, to CNFR

    BIG SPRING, Tex. – With one rodeo to go in the regular season, four Weatherford College cowboys have already clinched a berth in the College National Finals Rodeo and the WC men are holding on to a slim lead for a nationals berth as a team.

    April 16, 2014

  • 0413 GSb WHS SrNite Lady Roos top Lamar, celebrate Senior Night

    A very thorough accounting of Weatherford softball’s seniors, who were honored on Friday at Lady Roos Field prior to the final district home game, was followed by an even more thorough pummeling of Arlington Lamar’s Lady Vikings.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roo football’s Lift-A-Thon dual-purpose event

    The Weatherford Football Booster Club is touting an up coming event in hopes of generating excitement as the spring football practice sessions loom nearer, and to raise funds to benefit Weatherford ISD athletics.

    April 13, 2014

  • 0413 TnF WHS Madison Cooley Aledo sweeps district meet; WHS’ Cooley tops field

    Aledo track & field dominated the District 7-4A meet held on Wednesday and Thursday at Aledo  High School, sweeping all four divisions in the process.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0413 TnF WCS state qualifiers WCS sends athletes to state meet

    The Weatherford Christian School track team sent nearly a dozen qualifiers to the TCAF state meet this weekend as a result of a stellar showing at the district meet. 

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports in brief

    Rangers mark 20 years in ballpark 

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have been to consecutive World Series, had a perfect game and hosted Major League Baseball’s first regular-season interleague game since moving into their ballpark 20 years ago.

    April 11, 2014

  • 0410 MBs WC KHernandez feature mug Inspired route leads to WC

    Keaton Hernandez has a pretty simple philosophy about life.

    “My life is just a chill life with many blessings,” said the Weatherford College sophomore pitcher. “I just live for the Lord every day and listen for where he wants me to go.”

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area baseball-softball results - Apr. 10, 2014

    Roos first-inning lead fades in loss to Arlington High

    The Weatherford Kangaroo hitters got to Arlington High pitcher Omar Salinas early in a District 3-5A match on Tuesday, but not often, as the Colts bested WHS, 3-1.

    April 10, 2014

  • 0410 GScr AHS UK Elite clinic Aledo soccer scores UK Elite clinic

    Aledo Ladycats head soccer coach Bryan Johnson has a habit of going above and beyond to help his students, both in academics and athletics. With his Ladycat Soccer teams in mind, Johnson applied for, and won, a specialized clinic sponsored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

Latest NASCAR Headlines
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video