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Magnolia Life Achievement Banquet Saturday

By Staff | Aug 3, 2011

Two all-state football players from the 1980’s decade will be among honorees at the 26th annual Magnolia Athletic Boosters Life Achievement Awards Banquet.

The event will be held this Saturday, Aug. 6, at Magnolia High School and is open to the public. Tickets are available at Witschey’s in New Martinsville or from banquet chairman Brent Gamble at 304-455-3234.

The honorees described here, with graduation class and hometown, include William (Andy) Wilson (1983) of Austin, Texas, and Brian Stolarik (1989) of Morgantown.

Others to be recognized include Robert Warden of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Richard Blair (1963) of Boardman, Ohio; Dale Hermeling (1979) of St. Louis, Mo.; James Blatt (1980) of New Martinsville; Amy Jones Boles (1982) of Washington, W.Va.; and Christopher Marshall (1988) of Matthews, N.C.

Background on Wilson and Stolarik follows:

WILSON — He was a four-year Blue Eagle football player and competed in baseball three years and basketball one season. He also was a four-year member of the Young Men’s Union and senior president. As a senior, he earned first-team Class-AA all-state as an offensive lineman and was an All-Valley and All-OVAC football honoree.

He attended Purdue University on a football grant-in-aid and was a three-year team member. He graduated in building sciences.

Wilson currently is a project engineer with Hensel Phelps Construction Company. Major projects include the Austin City Hall and Public Plaza and a 44-story Spring Condo Tower. He’s been honored by Texas Construction Magazine with an Award of Excellence and also cited with an Outstanding Construction Award, Build America Eagle Award and Best Public Project.

He also finds time to work with the local Scout programs and the Little League baseball and flag football organizations. Wilson, and wife Raquel, are parents of two children, Ashley, age 16 and Skyler, age 10.

STOLARIK — He was a four-year Magnolia football player and co-captain of the 10-2 record 1988 team.

A first-team Class-AA all-state selection as a senior, he received the Hunt Award as the state’s outstanding lineman from the W. Va. Sports Writers Association. He also earned All-Valley and All-OVAC recognition.

He competed three seasons in baseball and was active in school organizations, including four years with the Young Men’s Union and serving as president his senior year; three years with the Varsity Club; homeroom officer; and was elected to Student Council.

He earned three degrees as a dean’s list student from West Virginia University, earning a B.S. Degree in Accounting and B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering.

He worked as an engineer from 1996-97 with Lockheed Martin in Springfield, Va., and from 1997-98 with the Carnegie Group in Pittsburgh, Pa. He returned to the Morgantown area and worked from 1998-02 with the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).

Since 2002, he has been a vice-president with the Fairmont-based West Virginia High Technology Foundation’s Mission Systems Group. The Group has an engineering staff of 30 and a program portfolio of about $9 million in research and development projects.

He also finds time to assist with several charity organizations, including The Innocence Project, Be the Match, National Marrow Donor program, United Way, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

He and wife Jessica are parents to a son, Bryan.

Magnolia Life Achievement Banquet Saturday

By Staff | Aug 3, 2011

Call it an appetizer for the upcoming football season, the first official day of football practice in West Virginia hit Wetzel County by storm, Monday, Aug. 1.

Paden City, Magnolia, Hundred, Valley, and River high schools used the time to get the players accustomed to and in condition for what they will see for the next several weeks.

Although players will begin getting in shape, they won’t put pads on until next week.

For now, they will review special teams situations, as well as new and old offensive and defensive plays and strategies.

At Magnolia, it looks like around 26 players will suit up to play the Ohio Valley’s number one sport. The Blue Eagles will have a bull’s-eye on their backs, having gone undefeated last year and winning its second West Virginia Class-AA state championship.

Down the road, Paden City looks to strap on helmets with the objective of making it to the playoffs. The Wildcats have 21 blue-chippers, including some nice looking freshmen prospects, and their entire offensive and defensive front line back ready to help put PCHS back on the map in football.

Up in Black and Gold Country, Valley will look to make the playoffs, just missing them a season ago. Valley Head Coach Tom West and his veteran assistant coaches will try to work their magic on 27 Lumberjacks. The ‘Jacks return one of the valley’s top runningbacks, Casey Pingley, one of four seniors this year.

However, over the hill, nestled in Hundred, are 28 football players and three coaches who want to taste victory more than ever. And with 13 seniors and 11 freshman, it looks like the taste of victory should come around a lot more often than it has the past several seasons.

Across the Ohio River, the Pilots will look to make some noise in the Class-AA rankings. They return their three-year starting quarterback Cody Caldwell and welcome back long-time defensive coordinator Tim Frye. Head Coach Mike Flannery and his staff are upbeat on the team’s chances to be very successful this season.