Wolaver to play with Tenn.-Ky. All-Stars

Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber Tori Wolaver batted .568 in post-season play for the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs.

Cornersville senior shortstop Tori Wolaver garnered yet another postseason honor recently when she was selected to play in the 3rd Annual Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Series on June 26 at Western Kentucky University.

The Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Series pits the best high school softball players from Middle Tennessee against the top performers from the Senior Kentucky Prep Softball East-West All-Star Games. Wolaver will be the second player from Marshall County to participate in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Series, joining MCHS' Paij Lintz, who was named to the inaugural 2006 team.

A four-year starter for Cornersville, Wolaver enjoyed a banner senior campaign and helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to a third-place finish in the Class A State tourney, while CHS captured its first District and Region tournament championships in 11 years.

Batting in the leadoff spot, Wolaver was one of the main catalysts for a high-powered Lady Bulldog offensive attack that averaged 7.5 runs per game.

During her senior year, Wolaver posted an astounding .500 batting average and scored a team-high 41 runs to go along with 10 doubles, three triples, and one homerun. Wolaver came up especially big in the playoffs for Cornersville and registered a gaudy .568 batting average (21-37) in 10 postseason games.

"I've said this before, but usually the way Tori played is how everyone else played. So for that reason alone she's going to be missed," said CHS head coach Spencer Mitchell. "She usually leads by her actions. She's not a rah-rah type person, but lets her play do the talking."

Despite her individual accomplishments on the field, Wolaver credited her team's success for her selection to the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Series.

"It's an honor," Wolaver said. "It's a great way to end my high school career. I hope some of the underclassmen get to experience this. I want to thank my teammates for such a great senior year. Without them none of this could be possible."

Prior to being selected for the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Series, Wolaver earned several other honors at the end of her senior season. Along with being chosen to the All-District Team for the fourth time in her career, Tori was named Third Team All-State, which included all classifications, was picked to the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association All-Midstate Team, and recently played in the MTSCA Senior All-Star Game.

As a junior, Wolaver helped guide Cornersville to the District 11-A regular season title, while also being selected to the MTSCA All-Midstate and All-Academic Teams.

During her sophomore year, the Lady Bulldogs finished second in the District and advanced to the Region 6-A tournament after earning a share of the District regular season title her freshman season.

Tori is an exemplary student as well and graduated from CHS with a perfect 4.0 GPA, while being named her class' valedictorian. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee-Martin this fall and has landed a spot on the Lady Skyhawks' softball team as a preferred walk-on.