For the second year in a row a new coach will be calling the signals for the Weston High School baseball and softball teams this next school year. WHS Principal, Ritchie Tolar made the announcement recently that Joey Kemp will be the new baseball coach and former WHS graduate, Cecilia Akins will take over the reigns for the softball team.
“We are very pleased to bring these two into our program,” said Tolar. “They both exemplify the kind of quality and character we look for to be part of our faculty and coaching staff.”
From the years of 2016 – 2019 Kemp was head baseball coach at Simsboro. Prior to that he served as an assistant coach for ten years at places such as St. Frederick, West Ouachita and Many. Kemp replaces Jacob Otwell, who had graciously stepped in to take over the baseball team in addition to his head boys basketball duties following the untimely death of former baseball coach Chase Frasier. Otwell led Weston to a 13-8 overall record, a second place finish in district 2B behind state champion Choudrant and a spot in the Class B quarterfinals.
“I enjoyed the time I had with the guys this past spring,” said Otwell. “They gave me all they had and a coach can’t ask for anything more.”
Weston’s new softball coach, Cecilia Akin, has even closer ties to the school. Akin compiled a 19-6 record and pitched Weston to the 2016 Class B semifinals as a junior earning Class B All State honors. She became a two time All State choice after going 17-9 her senior year which led her to pitching at Hinds Junior College in Mississippi. After a short stint as an assistant softball coach at Weston, Akins takes over for Kim Shows who led Weston to an 9-18 record in her first and only year at the helm.