The overwhelming majority of high school athletes, when deciding where to continue their academic and athletic career, prefer to stay close to home.

Munford senior Isabel Jones is not one of those high school athletes.

“I wanted to branch out, be in a new environment and meet new people,” Jones said.


In front of friends, family, teammates and coaches last Friday, Jones signed a softball scholarship with Bluefield State College, which is located in West Virginia.

Bluefield State head coach Rocky Stinson recruited Jones.

“He made me feel very comfortable talking to me so I decided to go on a visit,” Jones said. “I liked it a lot. He was very welcoming and everybody was really nice.”

Jones became Munford’s starting catcher during her sophomore year, most of which was canceled due to COVID-19. Last season, as a junior, she came into her own as a player and a leader.

Munford senior Isabel Jones signs a softball scholarship with Bluefield State last Friday in the MHS cafeteria. Also pictured are, from left, front, Michael Jones, father; Tina Jones, mother back, Shayna Stewart, assistant coach; Raygan Huffman, head coach; Erica Nall, assistant coach; and Glenn Goulder, former head coach. Photo by Jeff Ireland

“She’s a good hitter and all-around player,” said Munford softball coach Raygan Huffman. “She moves her feet and blocks the ball really well … She’s a leader, too. Even before she was a senior she was a leader. She just has that personality about her.”

Jones chuckled when told what Huffman said about her being very vocal.

“I’m not mean,” she said. “I just say what’s on my mind.”

Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland