Magnolia Has Four On All-State First Team
The Blue Eagles’ Kyle Elliott heads a large list of West Virginia Class-A All-State selections, after being chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association as captain in this year’s roster.
From the mound, he was 8-1 with five saves and an ERA of .089, while hitting .437 with five home runs and 42 RBIs.
In doing so, Elliott became the third Magnolia player to be so honored in a major sport, as classmates Steven Rogalski (football) and Mark Winters (boys’ basketball) were also selected as Class-A captains.
Elliott also worked 4-2/3 innings of scoreless-and-hitless relief in the state semifinal victory against Clarksburg Notre Dame. He sat down the only batter he faced in the championship game against Charleston Catholic.
Joining him are teammates Ryan Walton, also a member of last year’s Class-AA first team (.432 average, eight doubles, 58 runs scored), and Chandler Sapp (.532 batting average, 66 hits, two home runs, 40 RBI).
Other area graduates who earned accolades include Luke Cooper, from Paden City; Koty Martin, from Tyler Consolidated; and Tanner Hanna, from Magnolia High School as Special Honorable Mention. In addition, Zach Wilhoite from Magnolia; Brandon Stoneking, from Valley (Wetzel); and Jordan Baker, Tyler Consolidated were chosen Honorable Mention.
Junior hurler Mallory Chapman – the heart and soul of the 2013 Lady Eagles – was the only area softball player to be named the first team all-state, as well as to the first team all-valley and all OVAC.
Chapman, who also played first base, had 13 wins in the season with 212 strikeouts in 192 innings, while walking 25 batters. She also was Magnolia’s leadoff batter with an impressive .541 batting average that included eight home runs, 12 doubles, and two triples.
At the dish, Chapman brought home 23 teammates and scored 28 runs on 46 base hits and 25 walks.
Being designated for all-state special honorable mention were the Eagles’ Abby Durig, Myah Charkawi of Paden City and Martina Parrish of Tyler Consolidated.
Recognized for honorable mention all-state were Audrey Gibb of MHS, Taylor Cosper of PCHS, Valley Lumberjills Jessica Ashcraft, and Bre Harris, we well as Lady Silver Knight Alex Bubenchik.