By Dave Morrison

To say Woodrow Wilson’s Cloey Frantz has had a rocky ride during her career as a Flying Eagles girls basketball standout is an understatement.

Consider:

She suffered a major injury her freshman year that cost her time on the hardwood.

Last year the Flying Eagles advanced to the state tournament, knocked off Morgantown in the opening round but then saw their run to a potential; state title derailed by the Covid-19 shutdown.

Then, there is the on-again, off-again start to this season which, now, hopefully, has a start date of March 3.

The story for Frantz has a happy ending. The Woodrow Wilson senior recently signed to continue her hoops career at U.Va. Wise. Even the typical signing was interrupted by the coronavirus but Frantz is excited to continue her career.

“There are many factors that played a role in why I chose U.Va. Wise,” Frantz said. “One of them included my great connection with the coaches there. They made me feel very welcomed into their program and made me feel at home.”

A couple of staples of her family and the Woodrow Wilson program also stood out when she looked at the Cavaliers program.

Photo courtesy of Jodi Jarvis-Frantz/Woodrow’s Cloey Frantz

“I love what they stand for as a team,” Frantz said. “Family comes first, the academics and then basketball. Their play style fits well into my style of play and the same style that coach (Brian) Nabors likes to play the game and that is what I was looking for. I am able to pursue an academic path in nursing while also playing the sport that I love and I couldn’t ask for more.”

Nabors praised his senior leader, who averaged 10 points, 5.3 rebounds, three steaks and six deflections a game. She also shot 46 percent from the floor, 34 percent from 3 and 75 percent from the free throw line.

“One of the most intense players that I’ve ever coached,” Nabors said. “Physically and mentally tough. She plays extremely hard. Cloey Frantz is a top 5 all-around player in the state. Clorey is willing to do whatever it takes to help our team be successful. She is a winner and has been the heartbeat of our team from Day 1. Cloey Frantz has been a blessing. I love the kid. She will have an outstanding career at U.Va. Wise.”

Despite having a potential shot at the Class AAA championship ripped away from the team when it was so close, Frantz remains upbeat and is looking forward to this season.

“Last year when we made it to the states, we were playing our best basketball and had the right chemistry,” she said. “I believe we would have had a pretty good chance of winning states and it’s unfortunate and sad that we didn’t get to finish the season and I often think of the what-ifs.

“But my mindset going into this season is the last season is over and we have to move forward. Even though I think we finally got the respect we deserved last we, we didn’t achieve the ultimate goal of winning the championship and we still have a lot to prove.”

Frantz said she will enter her senior year an improved player thanks to her family and coaching staff, the core group that helped her achieve her goal of playing at the next level.

“I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me, taking me to every practice, game, tournament and never missing a game,’ Frantz said. “I don’t  know where I would be without them. I would also like to thank coach Nabors for shaping me into the player and person I am today. He has been by my side, coaching me since 5th grade, teaching me everything I know about the game of basketball. I couldn’t thank him enough for all he has done for me and I wouldn’t be half the player I am without him. I would also like to thank coach White for helping me better my game this past summer.”

The U.Va. Wise women are currently 9-1 this season.

Woodrow Wilson is scheduled to start the season March 3 hosting George Washington.