BRADFORD — Bradford High School seniors Skipp Miller and Olivia Daugherty made it official recently.
Miller will play softball for Ohio University, while Daugherty will run for Bluffton University.
Miller, the daughter of Skip and Sommer Miller, broke onto the scene in a big way as freshman.
The righthanded fireballer led Bradford to its most successful season in school history, while setting school records for most strikeouts in a season and lowest ERA in a season.
She has played competitive travel softball all across the country for teams like the Cincy Doom, Ohio Hawks and Beverly Bandits under some of the best coaches, (Wendell Hutchinson, Tim Gregory, Ronna Dorsey and Casey Skeens).
She was first team All-CCC, All-District and All-Ohio in 2018, as well as being the CCC Player of the Year.
She pitched Bradford to district and regional titles, before the Railroaders lost in extra innings in the state semifinals to the eventual state champion.
Miller was also on the only Bradford girls cross country team to qualify for the state meet.
Unfortunately, Miller lost her sophomore season to an ACL injury and her junior year to the season being postponed by COVID-19.
Miller looks forward to returning for another big season as a senior.
“With her attitude and work ethic, there is no doubt she will be successful at OU and beyond,” Bradford softball coach Shon Shaffer said. That’s what it’s all about.”
Miller’s honors include CCC Runner of the Year in 2018 and 2020 and first team All-CCC 2017 and 2019.
In basketball she earned second team All-CCC in 2017 and 2018, was second team team All District in 2017 and state honorable mention in 2017. Miller also set the record for most rebounds in a season in 2018.
“I personally like the atmosphere of OU, it’s a big school that has a small town feel, plus the campus is beautiful,” Miller said. “I also really liked the coaches and the team. I know I’ll be pushed and have fun doing so.”
Daugherty, the daughter of Bob and Sarah Daugherty and will both cross country and track at Bluffton University.
Daugherty is a four-year letter winner for Bradford cross country and three year letter winner for track.
She was part of the 2018 CCC Championship team that went on to be district runnersup and qualify for state.
Daugherty placed third in the 3,200-meter run and was part of the 4×800 relay team that placed second in the 2018 CCC track and field meet.
“I would like to thank coach Grillot, coach Beachler and coach Schwieterman, and my dad for pushing me everyday at practice and at meets,” Daugherty said. “I would not be competing at the collegiate level if it were not for them and I would not be the runner I am today. I would also like to thank my family for always being there for me and supporting me throughout my career.”
Daugherty said Bluffton was an easy choice.
”I chose Bluffton because as soon as I stepped foot on campus, it felt like home and the more I visited, the more comfortable I felt,” she said. “I clicked really well with coach Wells and the rest of the team and that solidified my decision. I’m looking forward to seeing how much more I can grow as an athlete”.
Daugherty will also be the second member of her family to attend Bluffton, as her father is a 1998 graduate.
Daughertyis the epitome of a student-athlete. She takes CCP classes through Edison and spends lots of time in the Bradford building volunteering in the athletic department and front office.