One To Remember
FRONT ROYAL — Autumn Troxell made sure her senior year was one to remember.
The three-sport Warren County athlete put together an impressive all-around year in leading the Wildcats to plenty of success.
“I put in a lot of effort. I knew this was going to be my last year with my teammates,” Troxell said. “I knew that it was all or nothing and that I had to go out there and put what I had on the line for them and work with them. I think I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.”
Troxell said her favorite sport is volleyball, and she certainly went out in style this past season for the Wildcats.
She led the area in kills with a whopping 432 to go along with 127 blocks. She also had an area-best 72 service aces and 395 digs.
Troxell said that she was happy for her season individually, but also with the team. The Wildcats went 16-10 on the season.
“I knew that we were going to do well, but we definitely did better than what I had planned to begin with,” Troxell said. “We definitely flowed as a team and all around they helped me to get the accomplishments that I was definitely very happy to be able to say I got. I’m going to really miss that team and coach [Sarah] Putnam and it was just a really good year. It was a good way to end my season as a Wildcat for volleyball.”
Her high school volleyball career isn’t completely over. Next week Troxell will play in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star game at Liberty University.
Troxell said she’s very excited to play in the game alongside many other top volleyball players.
The 6-foot-1 senior didn’t slow down during basketball season. Troxell averaged 16.2 points per game, second in the area, and averaged a double-double with over 10 rebounds per game. She also led the area in free-throw percentage.
She also finished with the school record for rebounds.
“It’s one of my personal accomplishments that I’m proud of,” Troxell said. “It’s definitely nice personally, because it shows that your hard work has paid off. You could say I had a successful season and I have this record to hold.”
The Wildcats went 14-12 with a fairly young team, and Troxell said they had good chemistry and she was happy with how they did.
With a young squad, Troxell said she knew she had to be more of a leader.
“I knew going in I would have to step up and try to be a leader for some of the younger girls, because we did have younger girls on the team,” Troxell said. “We were all good friends so it definitely made it easier for me to step up — easier for me to talk to them. I enjoyed it. It was a nice season.”
Troxell capped her year off in fine fashion with the softball team. She said the Wildcats didn’t have as much success as they would have liked, finishing 7-15, but she was still happy with the effort they gave.
“I guess I’m kind of satisfied with what we did, because we didn’t necessarily give up,” Troxell said. “Even though we lost some of the games later in the season, we never gave up. We fought to the end and we came up short, but we weren’t too upset about it because we knew we put our all into it.”
Troxell batted .324 (22 for 68), had five doubles, 16 RBIs, 10 runs scored and her first career home run. Troxell said that the home run was especially sweet because of who it was against.
“It’s definitely a big thing and it was during the Skyline game, so that just made it that much better,” Troxell said with a smile. “I didn’t expect it, either. They say you’re not going to expect it when it happens, so when it happened I was just shocked.”
While her school career may have come to an end, Troxell is far from done playing sports. She will play both volleyball and basketball at Randolph College next year.
She said she wasn’t sure if she was going to play sports in college, and then she was contacted by one of the Randolph coaches in April about playing there.
“I went and I toured it and I loved it. Just as soon as I was on campus I instantly fell in love with it. It’s a nice school. It’s pretty. The people are nice, and I just knew that I was going to go there,” Troxell said. ” … I’m kind of nervous, not really like a bad nervous, but an excited nervous. It’s going to be new, definitely more difficult, challenging. I think I’m ready. I’m excited for it.”
Even though her career at Warren County is over, Troxell said she made a lot of great memories and she was very proud to be a part of the school.
“I’m pleased with my high school career. I’m glad that it all went the way it did,” Troxell said. “It means a lot. You’re not just another kid … you actually went out there and tried your hardest and it paid off, obviously, because of my accomplishments. It obviously means a lot. I’m going to hold it dear to my heart.
“I love Warren County. I love being a Wildcat.”
Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or firstname.lastname@example.org