Billboard to honor seniors vandalized near Kanawha County high school

Courtesy: WSAZ

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After a tough loss, the Riverside High School Girls Softball Team woke up to more disappointment.

The team's parents bought a billboard earlier this season to show off their senior girls along Route 60 in Kanawha County, but after its game Tuesday night someone vandalized it.

The billboard is covered in red spray paint with the letters GW.

The team lost in regionals to George Washington High School in the state tournament Tuesday.

The senior players say the vandalism comes as a shock.

"We've really been trying to make our softball program grow here at Riverside and that's really the reason that we wanted this billboard up because we wanted to show that Riverside really is working hard on their program, and it's really starting to grow and it's just in a really unfortunate time that this had to happen," Gracie Donato, Riverside High School Senior Player said.

The parents of the players say they have contacted police about the incident. A spokesperson with Kanawha County Sheriff's Office tells WSAZ the school's resource officer was contacted about the incident and the officer is looking into it.

The team also says they're trying to figure out if surveillance cameras in the area caught the incident or not.

The West Virginia Softball State Championship is this weekend.