Charlie Obaugh RV & Outdoor Center Student Athlete of the Week: Sterling Kump

Sterling Kump is a three-sport standout at Moorefield High School with accolades on and off the...
Sterling Kump is a three-sport standout at Moorefield High School with accolades on and off the court. She was named the Potomac Valley Conference Player of the Year in Volleyball in November.(WHSV)
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 4:57 PM EST
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MOOREFIELD, Wv. (WHSV) - Sterling Kump is a three-sport standout at Moorefield High School. Earlier this year, she was named the Potomac Valley Conference Volleyball Player of the Year.

“I put in a lot of work in the off-season. My teammates never let me settle. They saw my potential and helped me reach it,” said Kump, a basketball, softball, and volleyball player for the Yellow Jackets.

Kump took a big leap on the volleyball court between her junior and senior year.

“She went from around 200 kills last season to over 400 this season. You have to attribute that to her work ethic and her drive to improve,” said Moorefield head volleyball coach Krista Ritchie.

In addition to earning Player of the Year honors, Kump was also named All-State, All-Conference, and All-Area in volleyball, after helping lead her team to the second round of the state tournament.

Ritchie said that Kump grew as a leader on and off the court.

“She is a leader in the locker room. She’s very vocal in the huddles and in practice. She is almost a third coach,” said Ritchie.

Over the past four years, Kump has also earned All-State honors in softball and All-Area honors in basketball.

“I’ve grown my self-confidence since I was a freshman. If I work hard for something then I will achieve that goal,” she added.

On top of balancing three sports, Kump is also one of the top students in her class. She boasts a 4.2 GPA and is a member of the student council along with the National Honor Society.

“Sterling is a very dedicated student and she is very focused on her goals,” said Gretchen Cremann, a biology teacher at Moorefield. “She’s dedicated to her friends, dedicated to her peer group, dedicated to her sport, and dedicated to her education.”

Ritchie emphasized the impact of working with Kump on the volleyball court.

“She’s helped make me a better coach and a better person. And she helps make her teammates better,” said Ritchie.

Kump plans to become a nurse anesthetist after college. As she prepares for graduation this spring, there’s no doubt that Kump has left an impact on the Moorefield community.

“I hope to be remembered as a good athlete, a good person, and a good student... and someone who made a positive impact on her surroundings.”