RAQUEL BURNS-DAVIS (CLASS OF 1998)
Raquel Burns-Davis played on Wheeling Central Catholic High School softball teams that captured four straight West Virginia Class A championships (1995-1998). An all-stater in two sports (girls’ basketball and softball), Burns-Davis set several school records. In basketball, she was a 1,000-points scorer during her career, averaging close to a double-double, points and rebounds per game. She averaged 14.1 points and earned berths on the all-OVAC and all-Valley teams as a senior.
In softball, Burns-Davis established school records for batting average and slugging percentage as a four-year starter.. Her junior season, ‘The Rock’’ earned first-team all-West Virginia and all-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference honors. She was a second-team pick as an all-stater following her senior year as the Ed Cihy-coached Lady Maroon Knights wrapped up their fourth straight state championship. Central’s 1998 softball team finished with a perfect 29-0 record.
After high school, Burns-Davis went on to Bethany College where she continued to star on the basketball court and earned a Hall of Fame berth in women’s softball. The four-year starter became Bethany’s first softball performer to earn Division III All-America first-team laurels. She was a three-time All-Presidents Athletic Conference selection who also was a two-time All-Region performer.
Burns-Davis established school career records in batting average (.416), hits (182), home runs (17), RBIs (121) and doubles (36). She still holds the school career record in home runs and ranks in the top five in the other categories.
In basketball, Davis played in 80 games for the Lady Bison. scoring 706 points, collecting 7.4 rebounds and averaging 1.6 steals. Her best numbers were accumulated as a sophomore when the Green and White standout averaged 10.4 points and 9.1 rebounds.