Growing up in an athletic family, Olivia Wagner always embraced the role of competition and athletics throughout her childhood.
The St. Anne’s-Belfield senior point guard will have an opportunity to challenge herself at the next level after committing to play basketball at Radford University.
“I visited and met with some girls from the team and it really seemed like such a positive, yet competitive environment,” Wagner said. “That is something I would like to surround myself with and be a part of. I am not just going there for basketball, but as a student-athlete.”
Both of Wagner’s parents were standouts in their respective sports at Ferrum College. Her mother, Sarah, scored more than 1,200 points during her college basketball career. Her father, Billy, played baseball for the Panthers and went on play 16 years in Major League Baseball.
In addition, her two older brothers, Will and Jeremy, also played college baseball.
During her high school career, Wagner has been among the top basketball players in Central Virginia. She was a fixture in the backcourt at The Miller School during her first two years, leading the Mavericks to back-to-back Virginia Independent Schools Division II state tournament appearances.
Two years ago, she led averaged a team-high 17.9 points and added 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.5 steals a game for a Mavericks team that reached the state semifinals. An all-state performer, she transferred to STAB last fall, but the team did not get to play this past season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.