Congrats To River Volleyball
Congrats to the River volleyball team on another successful season. The Lady Pilots just finished up second in their sectional final and was the OVAC Class AA champions this season.
The Pilots will lose Haylee Winkler and Jensen Caretti to graduation, and I’m sure they will be missed very much. Caretti was Player of the Year her sophomore season, so don’t be surprised if she doesn’t receive the award again. She was the glue that held the team together, and every match she was the feared player that opposing teams would face.
However, she has been wooed by many of the top Division I universities in the country to play basketball. At 6’1 she can do it all and I wish her the best in choosing the right college for her to continue her education and athletic career.
Back to football, the Magnolia Blue Eagles are chasing an undefeated regular season record and with only one game yet it looks good that they can reach one of their goals. However, they must get by the Linsly Cadets to achieve it. The Cadets thumped Magnolia at home that ruined a .500 season, so pay backs might be in hand.
It looks like if they win or lose, Magnolia should claim the number one seeding and be able to stay at home throughout the playoffs if the keep winning.
This week the Valley Lumberjacks, fresh off a convincing win over the Doddridge Bulldogs, will host Tyler Consolidated this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will take another step closer to a playoff opportunity, while the losing team will have have to wait another season.
The Lumberjacks have that special quarterback that can run or throw in Trey Streets. He already has rushed for 1,000 yards and has thrown for more than 500 yards.
Streets can also hand it off to Matthew Throckmorton who has shined since taking over the running-back slot behind Streets. If they need to pass, Streets have a multiple supply of receivers that can catch it.
His favorite receiver is Tucker Cain. Cain is the leading receiver on the team and was one of the top receivers in the valley last season. He isn’t alone they also have Joey Preat, Alex Midcap and Paden Bassett at his disposal as well as Throckmorton out of the backfield.
If push comes to shove, the ‘Jacks can play solid defense. They are led by Kale Lloyd and Dusty Lowe who have been the main tacklers and provide much of the pressure for opposing teams when they want to run or pass.
The River Pilots are also one step away from making the playoffs again.
If they can beat an outstanding Frontier squad Friday night and the teams that need to lose, lose, they are in, but a loss could be devastating, and it will be a waiting game to see if they get in or not.
The rest of the teams are out of the playoff picture, but they still need your support, so let’s go out there and root your favorite team on.