Tymiah Wimbush

Vance County softball player Tymiah Wimbush formally signed her letter of intent to play for Winston-Salem State University beginning in the fall during a special ceremony at the school on Thursday afternoon. Front row, from left, are Sheila Gill-Hargrove, Tymiah Wimbush and Jordan Wilder. Back row, from left, are Saniya Johnson, Tyler Morrow, Natasha Wimbush, Sarah Glover, Tamika Davis, Sherita Hargrove, Tyray Lewis.

HENDERSON — Vance County High School softball player Tymiah Wimbush formally signed her letter of intent Thursday afternoon to continue her career at Winston-Salem State beginning in the fall.

Wimbush started off her senior campaign unsure if she would even be able to play softball but was thrilled to end her final regular-season contest in a Vance County uniform by committing to Winston-Salem State in front of her friends, family and coaches.

“This is very exciting and emotional,” Wimbush said. “I originally wasn’t going to do sports but everyone was in my head telling me that would have been a waste of talent. My coaches helped push me to get me where I am today.”

Wimbush’s love for softball began when she started playing tee ball at the age of 4. She gradually began to harness her talent and athleticism on the field, which helped her carve out a significant role on the varsity softball program for Southern Vance and later Vance County.

Despite going through changes that included a school merger and the COVID-19 pandemic, Wimbush was determined to do what was necessary to get better every day and ensure that her career could continue at the collegiate level.

“There’s nothing better than hustling and running side-to-side in the outfield,” Wimbush said. “Being around my teammates also makes everything better but taking advice from my coaches has really helped me out. My batting is so much better than what it was.”

During her high school career, Wimbush was also a valuable contributor for the Vance County women’s basketball team and took on an expanded role with the program during her abbreviated senior season.

Women’s basketball head coach Sheila Gill-Hargrove, who is also an assistant coach on Vance County’s softball team, has watched Wimbush get stronger with every passing year and knows that she will proudly represent Vance County at her alma mater of Winston-Salem State.

“I’m so proud of this girl,” Gill-Hargrove said. “I coached [Tymiah] in basketball and softball for all four years she was here. She’s a great athlete but she’s also athletic, smart and just a lovable person. She’s one of my favorites and even though I’m sad to see her go, [Winston-Salem State] is getting an awesome player and person.”

Jordan Wilder has been Wimbush’ softball coach since Northern and Southern Vance were consolidated into one facility in 2018 and credited her for helping make Vance County competitive in the sport from the beginning.

Having known Wimbush since she played softball under the guidance of her father, Wilder considers her a close friend and is looking forward to seeing her passion and determination carry her to success long after she graduates from Vance County.

“I’ve seen [Tymiah] grow into a very smart and talented young lady,” Wilder said. “She always gives 100% not only in softball but with anything she does. Tymiah is an overall great person to be around.”

Wimbush is joining a Winston-Salem State program that only played seven games this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic but won four of them. While Wimbush knows that she will have to work hard to find a role in her freshman year, she is looking forward to the challenge and bonding with her new teammates.

Although Wimbush is excited about her future, she said that she thoroughly enjoyed playing for Southern Vance and Vance County and intends to cherish all of the positive memories she has created during the past four years.

“Every day was something different that you could look forward to,” Wimbush said. “I’m going to miss being around the staff more than anything else.”

Wimbush will enroll at Winston-Salem State in the fall and begin training for the upcoming softball season, which is expected to begin in early February.