Boyce will take his talents to WVU-Tech

Mark Martin
Sportswriter
Ripley's Broedy Boyce, No. 2, gets the hit during a 2019 regular season home game against the Black Eagles of South Charleston.

It was a tough end to winter and the beginning of spring for student-athletes like Ripley’s Broedy Boyce.

A standout in both soccer and baseball, Boyce saw his senior season on the diamond eliminated because of the coronavirus.

It left making a decision about where he would attend college to continue his academic and athletic future.

After much debate, Boyce has settled on heading down the West Virginia Turnpike and attend West Virginia Tech University.

Boyce will major in exercise science and plans to play baseball for the Golden Bears. He also hasn’t ruled out competing on the pitch in soccer.

“I really liked the school and (head) coach Lawrence Nesselrodt,” Boyce said. “I like the campus.”

Fellow Ripley High graduate and athlete Ty Johnson is also heading to Tech to play basketball.

“He will be my roommate. That also was part of my decision in stepping forward.”

Boyce considered West Virginia State, Fairmont State, and Rio Grande before Tech became his choice.

An outstanding infielder/pitcher, Boyce looks to play shortstop or second base for the Golden Bears.

He’s playing again this summer for the Wood County Legion team.

Boyce said it felt good to get back out on the field.

“I was pretty excited to do that,” he said.

Boyce said it was disappointing not getting a chance to show off his skills this spring (with the high school season). He said competing for the Legion squad gives him that chance.

Boyce is scheduled to report to Tech in mid-August.