GHC Softball Commit Earns Comeback Award
June 19, 2013
Georgia Highlands Lady Charger’s commit Shannon Albright has won the CJW Sports Medicine Comeback Athlete of the Year Award from Chippenham Johnston-Willis Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. She was presented with the award at a ceremony at the Jeffersonian Hotel in Richmond last week.

The pitcher from Mechanicsville, Virginia was severely injured in a car accident in 2012. She suffered a fractured clavicle, whiplash, a severe concussion and numerous lacerations when she swerved off the road to avoid a deer. As a result, she missed her entire junior season in the circle for the Hanover High Lady Hawks. Prior to the accident, she was Capital District 2nd Team and Capital District 1st Team her freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively, as well as Capital District All-Academic both years.

This past spring she returned to the circle for the Lady Hawks (unlike Georgia, Virginia plays high school softball in the spring) and led the team to another stellar finish, while also earning all-district and all-regional honors once again. Albright is also a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

“When we recruited her we were aware of her accident and that she was being recruited by other schools,” Coach Melissa Wood said. “The other schools backed off, but after I talked to her and her family I knew that she would bounce back and be successful. I saw that as our opportunity, and we’re very fortunate and excited she chose to be a Lady Charger.”

Albright will arrive in Cartersville in August with her 20 other teammates as Georgia Highlands College prepares for its inaugural softball campaign. The Lady Chargers will travel to various NCAA institutions for fall tournaments before they officially open up their season in the spring. They will play their home games at Stars Field in Cartersville.

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