Spring sports senior profiles, an ongoing series

May 04, 2020

With the spring sports season in question, we here at the Coalfield Progress/Dickenson Star/Big Stone Gap Post hope to run a profile on each and every senior in the paper. Our intention is to give them and their families something to feel happy about in a time of such uncertainty. This will be an ongoing series with different students featured each week.

J.I. Burton baseball’s Clay Maggard

Eighteen-year-old Clay Maggard plays baseball and golf for the Raiders. Upon graduation, Maggard will begin his military career in the U.S. Navy.

Maggard is doing his best to deal with losing part of his senior year.

“At first it really didn’t sink in that my high school career would end this way,” Maggard said. “I miss it everyday. I just hope they let us play some games after this blows over.”

To his teammates, Maggard leaves a message of staying positive.

“My fellow teammates need to keep their heads high,” Maggard said. “I hope all of this stuff goes away soon and hopefully nothing like this ever happens to them again.”

Union baseball’s Levi Fields

Levi Fields has been playing baseball and football for the majority of his 17 years. He has enrolled in the lineman program at Mountain Empire Community College and will begin in July.

Fields is looking to his faith to help him through his losses.

“I wish I could play my senior year, but things happen,” Fields said. “I understand I have no control over it, only God does. I feel for the other seniors.”

To his teammates, Fields says: “I wish you all the best. Try to stay positive and you will do great things.”